When I lived in a place which often had extreme chop -- thigh-high and very
sharp-edged with zero pattern to it ... I owned a chop board. Shape
notwithstanding, there's nothing like plastic for comfort and speed on
serious voodoo shop. WSMag found Tiga's plastic 263 B&J board to be just
about the fastest board in their entire '97 (was it '96?) test fleet in
heavy chop, and both that and HiFly's old 260 Spad were exceptionally
comfortable WFO in heavy chop. But now that really severe shop is merely an
OPTION for me (Celilo, for you Gorge sailors), I've not replaced the trashed
HiFly and I sold the Tiga. Ordinary (whatever the heck THAT means) chop --
the stuff we all face every windy day) doesn't require plastic, but it is
still a very fast, cushy option if you want to haul around the extra board.
It needn't be a wave board, though ... no point in going that slow. When you
can buy a very maneuverable plastic B&J board that still wipes race boards'
noses (again, according to head-to-head tests and radar guns) in chop, why
OTOH, any good slalom, convertible, or B&J board should handle most chop
quite well if ridden aggressively. A swept fin, a flexy fin, a slotted fin,
and/or multiple fins, in that increasing order of competence, will aid
control and tracking in chop. A narrow board with plenty of vee also helps a
great deal. And there are a long list of techniques to minimize the impact
And while I might buy a chop board, I'm not about to pay or haul around even
a small extra quiver of cloth just because my board is more than 3.7 years
old. I ain't even competing against Joe Turrist, let alone Bejorrrnn. I use
the same sails on my '92 Bailey slalom board as I do on my '99 Gorge Animal
sinker, and I get across the river and back, with dozens of twists and turns
thrown in, just fine and more quickly than the average sailor. It's only
worth one van full of %*!#, not two.
To reply directly, remove the SpamDam.
> I was advised a while back that the best option fo high wind chop sailing
> was a plastic wave board. We don't get much of such conditions, so I
> want to spend much. Anyone got any thoughts? Tiga 259 was one
> suggestion as I recall, but the model numbers over the years are hard to
> Would I need obsolete sails with such kit, or would a modern small (4ish)
> sail be OK?
> Thanks for any shared experience,