I haven't checked the faq in amonth or so, but here goes anyway.
I need a new board, my current favorite (a bic hard rock, 9', 115l)
has become popular with my wife, so I'm looking for a replacement.
while I'm at it I want something with a little more high wind ability
for me, as this gets kind of hard to control in winds above 35 (guess here).
me: sailed for many years before started windsurfing
6'1", 140-145 lbs (lighter in summer due to bike racing/no weightlifting)
speed freak, can water start in all but the lightest winds,
I come off plane on 80+% of my jibes (sometimes because I decide to
go for a swim), occasionaly make a nice jibe, getting better, long way to go.
can usually land a small chop hop, but big air is usually accidental.
I generally sail colorado/wyoming (occasionally morgan in nm)
I'm covered for light air (I have better things to do when its not howling)
living in colorado, upwind ability of the board is critical.
howling winds are often accompanied by lightning or snow, but we get some,
I am interested in a board on which I can survive on in the gorge when I go
(don't yet know when). I also have a sinker (72l) I bought because
I couldn't pass it up (cheap, like me) for laughs.
I like the e-rock but at 105l and wide, I may not be able to use it in higher
winds (i.e. 3.5 - 4.0), am I right?
I have had suggested (by a 180(?)lb sailor much better than I, but that I trust):
sunset slalom race 102l, narrower, supposedly nice jiber, haven't sailed yet.
f2 sputnik 280 105l (?) more forgiving than sunset, better upwind than
e-rock supposedly, again haven't yet sailed it.
suggestons and experiences begged for!
the wind of late has been ***, but 20 inches of slushy ice still covers most
local sailable lakes. the bike training rides have really sucked...