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Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Chillbay » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:05 pm

Any reviews on these amazing 2012 boards, had the 2011 Laluz and getting the 2012 one , can’t wait to try it out. Can anyone compare 2011 and 2012?
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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Windrider » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:07 am

Good looking broads! ..... excuse me.... make that boards..... the boards are good looking, too.
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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Dimitri M » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:54 pm

I have tried few XENON (2012) boards and all I can say is that they are nice boards.
Good job.

P.S. The Grab Handle can be better.

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Chillbay » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:54 pm

Dimitri M wrote:I have tried few XENON (2012) boards and all I can say is that they are nice boards.
Good job.

P.S. The Grab Handle can be better.
Dimitri, how's the foot? I am having a op on my heel not looking forward to it.

Agree about the grab handel, stood on it once never again so now I'm leaving it off! Just got my new 2012 Laluz, wow the rails are sharp, last years was well rounded, can't wait to try it out, will post some pics cause the heel side side wall has colour graphics as well!

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby uncle sammy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:22 pm

Got my hands on a 2012 Laluz :!:
The Board is probably the best i tried.
What amazed me the most is the combination between comfort and performance.
The guys at Xenon deserve a :thumb:

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Shifty33 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:41 pm

Super interested in this board.. Can you compare to others and also PICSSSSS!!!

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby capitan nemo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:50 am

I can compare to the Cabrinha caliber:

board sizes: LaLuz 132/40 caliber 130/40
Kite: Bandit5 9m
Conditions: Flat/Choppy/Wave ~1m wind: 15k-30k
Rider: Intermidiate/Advanced - Over 15m jumps, unhooked riding (F16s etc.), boardoffs etc.


Look and feel: This is a personal taste issue, but you got to admit the Xenon Looks amazing.
regarding build the Xenon boards are made in austria (as far as i know) and it shows. From first impression the LaLuz feels very lightweight, almost too light but it stood the abuse nice upto now.

Upwind: for me the calibergoes upwind well, but you need to put an effort to do so, the LaLuz for some reason goes upwind almost by itself. after big jumps and kiteloops, you find yourself easing back upwind. Also the performance in lightwind of the LaLuz is better.

Pop: LaLuz easier to edge when loaded and the pop is significally higher.

Comfort: The Pads and straps of both boards where very comfy. But the LaLuz feels softer and "glides" better over the chop. Landings on the LaLuz are easir as well, it doesn't jiggle around and bounce when landing powered.


I ended up buying the LaLuz, but you know the saying - if you can, try it first.

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Saami » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:22 am

Dimitri M wrote:I have tried few XENON (2012) boards and all I can say is that they are nice boards.
Good job.
Dimitri,

You were involved in the development of the Skywalker boards, right? Those have been my favorite twintip boards to date. How would you say that the Xenon boards compare with the Skywalker boards (in terms of quality of build, ability to handle chop, ability to load and pop in various conditions, subjective comfort and "smoothness of ride" etc etc)?

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby koma » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:43 am

I took a Xenon Infra 2012 for a spin this afternoon and quite liked the way the board rode. Not too much rocker to slow it down but enough to make hard landings a bit smoother, and with the stock fins on there it gripped the water a little bit more than i'd like, but still a nice fun board to ride. Stiff enough when combined with the length of it to really get some solid pop, without feeling like you're riding a plank.

+ Very comfortable ride.
+ I really like the simple graphics. Others think it looks cheap, i think it looks classy.
+ Great balance between free/wake without compromising on ease of use
- Stock foot pads really aren't to my liking. Why is the toe section higher than the heel?! It just feels wrong. Couldn't get a locked in feeling at all.

I'll see if i can get a chance to ride this board with boots as i think this might be the perfect second board for me. My daily ride is a 2010 Nobile NHP 134 which in my opinion is sensational and worth every dollar.

I have also ridden last years Xenon La Luz but didn't like it at all. My unofficial review of the 2011 La Luz was 'like riding a wet soggy noodle'. I put it down to just too much of a free ride board with far too much flex to make it a high performance board.
Other boards ridden in the last 3 months: 2012 LF Influence LFX (liked), 2011 Naish Momentum (not bad), 2012 Cardboard Tempo (not bad), 2012 Naish Moneyshot (liked).

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Re: Xenon Boards 2012 Reviews anyone?

Postby Chillbay » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:44 pm

The 2012 Laluz i am told is stiffer than last years, i'll know soon, can anyone comment on that?


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