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CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Electric Rock

20 Aug

CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Electric Rock (1988 – 1995)

LENGTH: 2.65 m

WIDTH: 0.58 m

WEIGHT: 8 kg

VOLUME: 102 l

CLASS: Slalom MW

This is a great little board, especially when the wind gets up to around a force 4 – 5+. It carve jibes beautifully at speed and is very forgiving if you stall.

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CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Hard Rock

10 Oct
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Bic Hard Rock (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Hard Rock (1987 -1993)

LENGTH: 2.83 m

WIDTH: 0.62 m

WEIGHT: 11 kg

VOLUME: 110 l

CLASS: Slalom LW

CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Veloce

10 Aug
Bic Veloce (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

Bic Veloce (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

CLASSIC BOARD: Bic Veloce (1996 – 2000)

LENGTH: 3.28 m

WIDTH: 0.68 m

WEIGHT: 11.5 kg

VOLUME: 185 l

CLASS: Freeride allround

There are actually five issues of the Veloce board, including the 3.10m/151 l board and this one, the 3.28m/185l board.

The Veloce is qutie a trusty board and pretty stable. We usually chuck the beginners on it with the smallest sail to hand and watch them drift. Here is Andy below, both times on the Veloce but with quite different sails:

Andy tries out the Veloce with a 5m sail

Andy tries out the Veloce with a 5m sail

Andy sacks off the 5m in favour of the awesome training rig. Love those colours.

Andy sacks off the 5m in favour of the awesome training rig. Love those colours.

CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Rock’n’Roll

5 Aug
The majestic Bic Rock'n'Roll taking a break (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

The Bic Rock'n'Roll chilling out in the board store. (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

CLASSIC BOARDS: The Bic Rock’n’Roll (1986 -1990)

LENGTH: 3.05 m

WIDTH: 0.62 m

WEIGHT: 13 kg

VOLUME: 135 l

CLASS: Slalom LW

The Bic Rock’n’Roll is my personal favourite, not least because I have spent many, many an hour learning how to windsurf on it. I love all of it’s little idiosyncrasies and flaws and like the old friend it is it never lets me down.

It was originally my Dad’s and has been sailed in lots of different waters, both here and abroad. I lend it to other people sometimes and they complain that it’s too wobbly, but hey! It’s my wobbly. I’m used all its tricks so I actually find it easier to ride than a lot of other more ‘buoyant’ boards.

The Rock’n’Roll was one of a clutch of iconic Bic boards manufactured in the  80s and 90s, including those desgiend by Ken Winner.  It was a period where Bic Sport had a large level of influence and was defining windsurfing.

CLASSIC BOARDS: Bic Astro Rock

18 Jan
The vibrant Astro Rock nestled in our board store (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)    

The vibrant Astro Rock nestled in our board store (PHOTO: Sofie Jenkinson)

CLASSIC  BOARD: The Astro Rock (1990 – 1996)


LENGTH: 2.85 m

WIDTH: 0.61 m

WEIGHT: 11 kg

VOLUME: 125 l

CLASS: Slalom LW

 

Here is one of our trusty Bic boards which we purchased second hand (on Ebay I believe) rather than buying it in its own time. It is seriously vibrant feast of colours for the eyes and quite a treat to ride.

The Astro rock is one of the boards that emerged during Bic Sport’s most successful and defining periods, the 80s and 90s.It ended up outselling any other board during its time.

Due to its fairly narrow tail the Astro Rock tends not to plane until you have reached at least 10 knots, depending on the sail you use it with. It is also worth noting that using this board with more modern sails can cause certain issue with balance.