>I've started looking at high-wind slalom boards, and it's a little difficult
>to sort things out. There seems to be a difference between high-wind slalom
>boards and wave boards, at least from what I've gathered, although they tend
>to be similar in size. The F2 Sputnik 270 also seems to be highly acclaimed
>as one of the best high-wind slalom boards out there. What else is really
>good? (I'm not so interested in waves, but I want to handle high winds and
Your choice should depend on a lot of different factors. The Sputnik is a
purebred race slalom board. It's probably ok in choppy waters, but a wave
board is still easier to handle in those conditions. High wind and rough
chop sound a lot like the Gorge, so you should consider a Gorge-type board.
What do you want? Do you want to go fast or do you want something that is
easy to handle? Wave boards are easy to handle, but go slower. High wind
slalom boards are hard to turn (unless you really know how to do it) and
they are tuned for maximum speed.
How strong should the board be? I assume you want to jump the board, so
strength is very important. I don't think that the world cup edition of
the Sputnik 270 would be strong enough. The standard edition will also
break if you don't know how to land your jumps.
Some boards to consider:
Sputnik 270, fast board, only 82l, relatively expensive
Tiga 270, fast board, smooth ride, 98l volume, inexpensive, durable
(I have a Tiga 270, so I'm biased).
AHD Speed Slalom 265, got excellent review in Surf 92/2.
Bic RAP, inexpensive, relatively fast, spins out easily
Fanatic Mega Jag
Hifly Limited Edition 8'8" (a Seatrend board?)
Bic E-Rock (probably too much volume...)
Tiga 257 Wave
Tiga 250 Wave
My recommendation is that if you are looking for an inexpensive and strong
board, get one of the Tigas. They are very smooth to ride due to the soft
material and they are extremely durable.
Anyway, what's "high wind"? More than 30 knots? More than 40? Even more?
If you don't know the difference between a wave board and a high wind slalom,
you should probably shop around for a while, read magazines and consider
getting a used board first to see what you really want.
/ Juri Munkki / Helsinki University of Technology / Wind / Project /