Cobra International launches the Windsurfer LT

April 13, 2018 | Windsurfing
Windsurfer LT: the new windsurf board by Cobra International | Photo: Cobra

The world's largest OEM manufacturers of composite equipment for the water sports industry announced the launch of the Windsurfer LT.

Cobra International, a Thailand-based company that produces gear for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), developed a new windsurf board that hopes to take the sport back to its roots.

The creation of the Windsurfer LT has been supervised by former Olympic windsurfer Bruce Wylie, and by the Windsurfer Class Association, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The new windsurf board has been specifically designed to meet the needs of beginner and advanced sailors. It can be used for racing, freestyle, and even as a SUP board.

"We built the first prototypes in our factory in Thailand and tested them throughout 2017. We tried several designs until we found the perfect blend of shape, rocker, underwater profile and weight," noted Wylie.

"We got the inspiration from the classic boards of the past, but made sure we introduced new ideas, lightweight EPS core, glass combi fabrics, and a bio-based foaming epoxy."

The Windsurfer LT is a 12-foot, 15-kilogram board with 229 liters of volume and 73.9 centimeters in width. The complete kit will cost $1,999 (AUD).

According to Cobra, the Australian, Japanese, and Italian branches of the Windsurfer Class have already adopted the new model as standard equipment.

The Original Windsurfer is the world's first commercial one design windsurfing kit. It was launched in the late 1960s and quickly conquered the Hawaii, California, and Europe.