Is it the general consensus that the "new" slalom boards are for fla***er
only?? I have a VR 84 and a VR 88 by Westwind. Friday I was powered on a
5.4 race sail/14.25" blade (Hyperform) with the 88. It was scary in the
ocean... 3 ft. seas but... I could barely hang on! I switched to the 84 and
although faster it was still close to blowup most of the time. I had two
great explosions and some spinout... I'm 165 lbs, 5'10.5" (same as Robby)
but WOW... does this get easier?? I see people sailing what I think are
Presto-type boards flat out in ocean conditions with no apparent problems...
what could I be doing wrong?? Or is this type of equipment born and bread in
the offshore winds of Aruba?? If so I think the mags should s***Aruba as a
testing site BECAUSE their experiences are not relative to most onshore
ocean sites around the world. All their "easy jibing" comments and all
their "no chop" photos are meaningless to those of us in the "real world"...