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SHAMAN

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In production since 2012, the Shaman has established itself as a classic and has a growing community of fans. The first Shamans were originally designed as an on shore wave board for Pozo and similar spots. It is shorter, wider and flatter with the straps a bit further back. This makes it early planing, fast and loose. Since these traits are also (or especially) welcome in bigger boards, the bigger sizes Shaman have also become very popular. Like for like, a Shaman planes as early as a Chakra but is more sporty where the Chakra is more forgiving.

The Shaman sports various details tipical for Witchcraft: Sharper rails in the back, tail a bit thinner, trifin, short steps in volume, ergonomic straps and pads. The Shaman HDD constructions come with heel cushions for saving the riders joints on hard landings and giving a softer ride. 

The HDD construction comes in luminous red, the SDT in luminous green and the SDT in luminous blue.

 

Read here a test review on Windsurf.co.uk

And tested in Tenerife, read here the review

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SHAPE SHAMAN

Outline:  Wide-nosed tear drop outline with trademark Witchcraft snub nose tapering into narrow squashtail. Wide point at back of mast track.

Deck: Flat with deck staying mostly level from nose to stance area helping volume distribution making nose kick deceptive.

Rail Profile: Thick and bulbous tucked nose sharpening aggressively by front strap where they remain noticeably sharp to tail.

Bottom Shape: Almost rounded under shape in nose, into sloping rolled shoulder-style vee forward of track. Double concave and sharper raised vee by track, deepening by front straps through to fins where concave disappears and only soft vee remains to tail.

Rocker Line: Flat section at front strap – on centre line  – even straighter in concave. A lot of overall nose lift. Curve steepens aft towards fins.
Fin Configuration: Thruster  – or true trifin really – carbon, super swept-back, asymmetric, pre-twisted flexible tips – no progressive flex. Back 14 cm and 2 x 13.5 cm front sidebites.

Pads: Dual density own-brand pads with slight instep lift. Tail kick at rear.
Straps: 
ProLimit with excellent adjustment, placed right in middle of thruster cluster.

Construction: SDT (Single Double Triple sandwich, Glass (50%) Carbon (15%) Dyneema (5%) Epoxy).

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE

So what does a board primarily intended for onshore wave riding need to deliver? Pretty much the same as a ‘regular’ wave board really – deal with current by get going quickly from shallow water, reach ramps swiftly and slice the living bejaysus out of a wave – but with welcome added extras that won’t exactly hinder you in down-the-line conditions. Namely, excel in sailing and staying upwind, turn tight to keep right in the pocket, generate drive to keep speed through slacker sections when the wave’s hiding the wind. Well, stepping aboard the Shaman 88 you feel as if you’re on a hard-core sideshore board, but the added benefits, particularly early planing, are all there in great force. The trademark sharp Withcraft rails absolutely stonk upwind. Those edges are remarkable as they never seem to dig in too tight or dictate the radius of turn as you’d expect. There’s also amazing acceleration out of the bottom turn and positive glide across the flat spots. With plenty of float for bigger guys the outline feels small and loose and compact but the corkiness has the sensation of a 90-plus-litre board. Obviously revelling in the dead onshore setup we had on this trip, the Shaman impressed with it’s ability to carve tight and at speed in challenging conditions.

PERFORMANCE IN FLAT WATER

EARLY PLANING

90%

HANDLING CHOP

80%

UP WIND ABILITY

90%

GRIP

70%

PERFORMANCE ON A WAVE

TURNING

75%

GRIP

65%

SPEED & KEEPING SPEED

80%

EASE OF USE

EASY

TECHNICAL

20% 70%

RANGE OF USE

FLAT WATER

BIG WAVE

20% 70%

ONSHORE

CROSS OFFSHORE

5% 70%

WIND RANGE

BOTTOM END

TOP END

15% 80%
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BENEFITS

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TRI FIN

Early planing, upwind ability, manoeuvrability, drive, control at overpower. Higher average speed when you need it most. To give the highest performance.

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SINGLE FIN

Slightly higher top speeds, old school lean back sailing.
Inverted V bottom shape

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WIDE STANCE

Responsiveness, control and drive
medium pin tail.

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PARABOLIC MEDIUM ROCKER

Good mix of early planing, tight turning, smoothest behaviour

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PROGRESSIVE RAIL SHAPE

Manoeuvrability, speed, early planing, control, total grip, acceleration through the turn.

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DROP SHAPE OUTLINE

Planing, control and manoeuverability

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SIZES

Shaman V3 On shore wave
ModelVolumelengthwidthTailwidth OFOconstructionweight SDTweight CBCweight HDDPretwist CNC Fins G10 SDTPretwist CNC Fins G10 HDDSail range SDT in €CBC* in €HDD * in €
Shaman642067524345SDT/CBC/HDD5.85.5610.5+14.010.5+12.52.8-4.5180320212187
Shaman682107537350SDT/CBC/HDD5.95.66.211,5+14,011.5+12,53.0-4.7182120402208
Shaman722140549355SDT/CBC/HDD6.15.86.411,5+14,011.5+14,03.2-5.0183920602229
Shaman762171560360SDT/CBC/HDD6.25.96.611,5+15,511.5+14,03.5-5.2185620792250
Shaman802211573365SDT/CBC/HDD6.46.16.712,5+15,512.5+14,03.7-5.5187420992271
Shaman842247584369SDT/CBC/HDD6.66.26.912,5+15,512.5+14,04.0-5.8189221192293
Shaman882264602375SDT/CBC/HDD6.76.47.113,5+15,513.5+14,04.2-6.0191021382314
Shaman922290614384SDT/CBC/HDD6.96.57.213,5+17.013,5+15,54.2-6.0192721582335
Shaman962312629392SDT/CBC/HDD76.77.414,5+17,014.5 + 15,54.5-6.2194521772356
Shaman1002339640397SDT/CBC/HDD7.26.87.614,5+17,014.5+15.54.5-6.5196321972377
Shaman1052366654402SDT/CBC/HDD7.477.814,5+18.514.5+17.04.7-6.7198522212404
Shaman1102377669412SDT/CBC/HDD7.67.2814,5+18.515.5+17.05.0-7.0200722462430
Shaman1152400674413SDT/CBC/HDD7.87.48.214,5+2015.5+17.05.0-7.2203022702457
*) with heel cushions

*All boards have in principle the same shape but they are not simply scaled up or down proportionally. The smaller boards have been designed for both stronger winds and/or smaller sailors, the bigger boards for lighter wind and/or bigger sailors.
Deck graphics:
As standard, the SDT construction will come in yellow deck graphics, the CBC in fluo green and the HDD in fluo orange/red. On the CBC and HDD a color change is possible against a fee of 50 euros per color. Custom designs are also possible upon request with a minimum fee of 100 euros. 
**Weight +/- 5%
***When ordering a board you have the following options of Tri Fin set-up: SDT.) The Standard Fins are an entry level Tri Fin set up. Comes as standard with the SDT construction but can be chosen freely. HDD.) Pro Fin set up. Intended for the same windrange as the standard but for a modern upright sailing stance and more experienced and/or lighter wave sailors with who want it looser. Comes as standard with the HDD construction but can be chosen freely.
 
****All prices incl. 3 straps and 3 G10 fins with pretwistet side fins.
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