Thommen Sailboards

Production boards made by Cobra.

 

After several years of focusing strictly on building custom boards, Peter Thommen and Mark Thoms developed a board that stole the hearts of many windsurfers. It instantly became our bestseller.

 

Soon we found it was hard to keep up with demand. We realized it was time to allow more people into the magic world of the “Gleitwunder”, our gliding miracle, and take it to the world’s foremost board manufacturer Cobra in Thailand.

 

Together with the now more internationally named “Glide”, the magicians at Cobra will also fabricate our other favorite, the 125-liter “Ride”.

GLIDE-265

165l

Volume: 165

Length: 265

Width: 84

Ofo: 51.8

Thickness: 13.3

THE PLANING MIRACLE.

 

This is it. Recreational windsurfing revisited. Effortless planing in the lightest of breezes. Super smooth, yet remarkably quick, responsive and maneuverable. No need for huge, high priced professional-grade racing sails, any freeride or freemove sail will do.

 

There’s no ‘power hump’ to overcome. A specific Thommen golden era stretched rocker line and a vee-to-quad-concave bottom shape make for a gradual transition from gliding to planing and iron out chop like nothing else. Yet, unlike other “special light wind” boards, the Glide 165 is efficient and remains truly fun to sail when the wind picks up. The super thin hull concept, combined with a ‘step rail’ design, is forgiving and promotes easy control for all levels of sailors, from beginner to expert.

 

Cruising around the bay? Anytime, any conditions. Carving jibes? No problem. Playing in open ocean swells? Bring it on. Chasing your buddies around the course? Hell, why not?

 

The clever hull shape doesn’t need huge fins to get/keep going. It is designed with a tri-fin setup to roam all waters, deep or shallow. As a standard, there’s a 34cm Gasoil developed powerbox fin in the rear and two 12cm Gasoil trackers which are perfectly fitting the slotbox10. The LTD models have G10 fins; vinylester for the STD models.

 

The 10” mast box allows for big sails in the more forward position and small sails in the rear section. Also, the longer box allows to adjust the mast position when the more forward positioned entry level strap positions are used.

 

Each Glide comes with a complementary tailored boardbag, the most sustainable packaging we could think of – and we’re convinced you’ll love its slots for the grab handle and fins.

 

The Glide comes in two constructions:

STD – standard – Cobra’s proven epoxy/glass/wood construction with extra glass band reinforcements where you need it.

LTD – limited – Cobra’s near custom made sandwich construction, incredible nice weight/stiffness ration for enhanced performance.

 

GLIDE. Anytime.

RIDE-255

125l

THE UNIVERSAL WINDSURF BOARD.

 

Back to the future. There’s again a board capable of handling all conditions. Like for the Glide, Peter went back to the Bullet and Sunset years and used a stretched rocker line, the vee-to-quad-to-tri-concave for early planing and combined it with a little tail kick, thinner rails and wingers for control in stronger wind. It can haul big sails yet offers plenty of control when small sails are needed.

 

Reminiscent of the Glide, its bigger sibling, the Ride has no power hump to overcome, the ‘extra’ length helps you ease into the planing phase without helping – just sheet in and go.

 

Just like the world-famous Swiss Army Knife, the Ride from the hands of Swiss shaper Peter Thommen works on any water and any wind condition. The Ride is very much inspired by mythical boards like the Sailboard 295A and HiFly 295 Pro, incredible funboards from times the sport was still accessible to all levels. 

 

Equipped with a 30cm Powerbox and 2 side fins of 12cm with a slotbox10 fixation, it keeps all options open for a personal set up which makes it also ideal for shallow and coastal waters.

 

The 10” mast box allows the use of a wide range of sail sizes. We recommend a maximum of 7.0 down to 4.0, with the sweet spot being around 5.5m2. Now, how’s that for range?

 

Each Ride comes with a complementary tailored boardbag, the most sustainable packaging we could think of – and we’re convinced you’ll love the slots for the grab handle and fins.

 

The Ride comes in two constructions:

STD – standard – Cobra’s proven epoxy/glass/wood construction with extra glass band reinforcements where you need it.

LTD – limited – Cobra’s near custom made sandwich construction, incredible nice weight/stiffness ration for enhanced performance.

 

RIDE. Anywhere.

Volume: 125

Length: 252

Width: 72

Ofo: 45.6

Thickness: 11.7

PRICES

T1 SAILBOARDS made by Cobra Thailand RIDE (4wd) GLIDE (gleitwunder)
STANDARD  (epoxy glass wood) € 1.550 € 1.600
LIMITED (epoxy pvc sandwich) € 2.000 € 2.050

WINDSURFER LT by THOMMEN

SURFING SURFING, WINDSURFING.

 

The patented Windsurfer launched in 1968 by Hoyle Schweitzer and Jim Drake marked the beginning of modern windsurfing. The new sport quickly gained popularity, and not only in its native Southern California but also in other regions of the world with established surfing history and culture. It swept across European shores and onto every lake once Dutch licensee Ten Cate had started mass production and distribution. The Original Windsurfer is the iconic motherboard of every sailboard ever to touch water since and inspired generations of windsurfers, or boardsailors, véliplanchistes,  Stehsegler, plankzeilers.

 

The Original Windsurfer had its roots in ‘60s longboard surfing. It opened new ways for people everywhere to experience sailing and get out on the water, be it a sea or a small lake. Now, over fifty years later, the new Windsurfer LT revisits this heritage with enhanced performance and construction yet preserves the essential style and features that ignited the global craze for windsurfing.

 

The Windsurfer LT marks a quantum leap forward. More volume and width add stability – great for entry level sailors as well as for practicing all the fancy dance like old school freestyle moves – remember rail riding? This board is ideally suited for introducing new people to the windsurfing experience in schools and center. It glides very nicely in light wind and effortlessly transitions to planing when the wind picks up a notch. An 70cm long, yet fully retractable dagger board improves the light wind range and invites you go out and explore. More experienced sailors can unleash their competitive minds and engage in One Design racing or attend bigger events getting organized everywhere throughout the worldwide windsurfer community.

 

For getting the Windsurfer LT on the Dutch waters, Thommen has teamed up with the legendary Van den Berg Brothers. Ron and Stephan embraced the Windsurfer LT in an early stage and hosted the 2019 Europeans in Hoorn, both enjoying the competition with 120 other enthusiasts from all over Europe – a great display of sportsmanship on and off the water, doing honor to Stephan’s 1984 Los Angeles Olympics gold medal.

 

True to the infamous “Windsurfers do it Standing Up” slogan of yesteryears the Windsurfer LT also doubles as Standup Paddle Board when the wind gods are not willing to give you a boost. However, we recommend to add some rail-tape to protect the sides of the board for paddle stroke impact.

 

The Windsurfer LT by Thommen is a ready-to-go-sailing package consisting of the One Design board packed inside a Thommen boardbag, complete with the 5.7 One Design rig (sail/mast/boom) and all the necessary fittings for official IWC racing. The suggested retail price is € 2.200 (including 21% Dutch VAT).

 

Windsurfer – Everyone.

Volume

227 L

Length

366 cm

Width

74 cm

Tail Width

47.3 cm

Thickness

13.3 cm

Fin Box

Powerbox

Daggerboard

70cm blade (88cm total)

Sail

5.7 m2

Weight

15kg (hull only)

CONTACT

ADDRESS

WINDgear B.V.

Mark Thoms

De Tolve 5
8713 LK Hindeloopen
The Netherlands

 

T. +31 (0)514-524040
F. +31 (0)514-524049

E. mark(at)windgear.nl

W. www.windgear.nl