I have the AHD 310; and I _personnally_ do not get on with it. Having
said that, I am always the first person up on the plane in light winds, even
though my sailing venue has lots of people riding the modern wide boards. I
bought the board because a windsurfing colleague of mine who has one, had
impressed me immensely by winning every race in a 5 day light wind
competition, with huge lead. A very impressive performance, and
embarrassing for the rest of us. The thing I had overlooked was, he is
about 185 cm tall, 90 kg and a fairly high ranking BWA sailor.
As a 176 cm tall, 70 kg (wet) and a humble recreational sailor, I find the
footstraps much too wide apart making my stance very uncomfortable (nay,
painful!). I also find that my gybes have a tendancy to fall off the plane
as I sheet in on the new tack, because the sharp shoulder of the board digs
in and arrests my momentum. The board does not fit me, or my smaller board
technique; simple as that.
Maybe, if you've got long legs and are willing to adjust your technique to
suite such a big board, this might be the board for you. Maybe, if you live
in Holland or northern Germany we can do a deal and both come out smiling.
> Has anyone sailed either one of these boards? I think they were pretty
> light air boards a couple of years ago. How far behind some of the new
> stuff would I be on one of these?
> Basically I'm looking for something to sail in the 8-15 mph range which
> a chance to get on a plane, and is fun to sail. I'm 150 lbs. and my
> sail is a Neil Pryde V8 8.5. Any comments would be appreciated.