Ben Van Der Steen by Ben Welsh
Version three of the Proton Pro has an incredible wind range at super high speed.
The rockers have been substantially reworked, with a slightly lower entry rocker, improving planing and top speed significantly.
The outlines have gotten more parallel, meaning a wider tail for more power and a more comfortable stance as well as a slightly wider nose that gives a bit more lift and early planing. The deck has also been closely re-examined and gotten flatter, so when you are gybing the boards are more stable. The deck around the footsteps has been made more comfortable so you can ride for longer and push harder. The all new bottom shapes have been reworked with quite a lot more V and V-Concave through the entire board, giving it more power and easier railing possibilities, plus extra control. The double step cutouts are still very generous, but occupy slightly less area, less area meaning less resistance and therefor more speed, while the wider outline delivers the lift needed in lighter winds.
Specific size constructions for every size deliver a customized build, with full carbon fibres running in specialized directions. As the boards get bigger, the carbon construction gets stiffer. Developed in Spain and Hawaii by Ben van der Steen and our Goya Racing Team.
Carbon Construction, Full Carbon Hull.
Available in 97, 112, 118, 137 liters.
Sizes 112, 118, 137 come foil ready.
Tuttle / Deep Tuttle center finbox.
In-board and out-board footstrap options.
Available in Neon Yellow & Red on Metallic Moss Green.
High Density Full Double Sandwich.
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I would recommend a 45/ 46 fin, if possible, a carbon fin as this gives you a more wind range normally. If you go for the G10, go for 46.
The MarkII with Cams will have less backhand pressure. This really helps to be comfy on the foil and works better on FreeRace slalom as well.
I'm an intermediate sailor, weighing 75kg. Just bought a Proton 136 2019 for Free-Race in light winds (no competitions) with a 9.5.
I plan to add an 8.0 and a foil in his quiver and would like to buy a fin (only one) to pair the 8.0 and the 9.5.
Having all that in mind, I'm buying a Mark II 7.8 + H1 46 fin, but I think that I might need a bigger fin for the 9.5 and that a Mark 7.8 (without cams) will work better for foiling.
I thought it would be better to consult with you for the pros and cons so I can make up my mind.
Attractive and bold graphic design.
The board flies high and free over the chop and feels light on the feet, but remains always good controllable. Downwind reaches and jibing were also no problem and comfortable.
It is great fun to ride for a hobby surfer!
Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing) rekindled his racing flame today as the Flying Dutchman enjoyed his best day in quite some time on the world tour. Van der Steen won every qualifying heat he sailed today to deservedly book his place in both winners’ finals and is currently ranked third.
Current Ranking 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
*After 2 Eliminations
1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)
3rd Ben van der Steen (NED | Goya Windsurfing)
4th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)
5th Basile Jacquin (FRA | I-99 / Point-7)
6th Taty Frans (NB | Future Fly / Point-7)
7th Sebastian Kornum (DEN | JP / NeilPryde)
8th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
10th Antoine Questel (FRA | I-99 / S2Maui)
I drive the 116 Proton and the 105 Bolt and I'm so happy with them. Meanwhile I completely switched to Goya and also the sails. Thanks to the Goya team for the great work. Regards Peter
Congratulations – Proton 136
I own your Proton 136, which I use for foiling purposes. I have other foilboards, but I must say that your board is exceptional and a real joy to sail. I treat it like a slalom board in the air and it really lets me press the foil and not just merely ride it. My first Goya board and I will buy more.
136 Proton with 10.6 NX custom: https://youtu.be/UfBm0XyTdJc
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