High-wind slalom boards

High-wind slalom boards

Post by Frederick Kna » Tue, 25 Feb 1992 23:35:26


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
rough chop.)

Any opinions out there? (There must be! :-)

Fritz

 
 
 

High-wind slalom boards

Post by Juri Munk » Wed, 26 Feb 1992 02:13:40

Quote:

>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
>rough chop.)

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:

   Slalom:
        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?)

   Wave slalom:
        F2 Axxis
        Tiga 260
        Mistral Stinger
        Bic E-Rock (probably too much volume...)

   Wave:

        Mistral Ecstacy
        Tiga 257 Wave
        Tiga 250 Wave
        Bic Alto

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.

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High-wind slalom boards

Post by Kirk Lindstr » Thu, 27 Feb 1992 02:50:13

Quote:
>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.
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>  / Juri Munkki         /  Helsinki University of Technology   /  Wind  / Project /

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Or do what I did, buy a ChallengeFlex.  I can tune it for high wind slalom or
wave action (even asymetric).  They aren't made anymore, but I got mine new
at a closeout for $400.  You can probably get them at swap meets.  I figure
I'll use mine until I learn to land high jumps consistiently as this board
is durable, but aa bit heavy for 80 liters.  One local raced his for a few
years and only now switched to an epoxy ASD (either he got some money or he
might be on the ASD team).

Tuned for waves, I have hit 4 jibes in a day with my 4.5 which is one of my
better sailing days (jibe wise as I hit 3 others earlier on my ASD when it
was lighter).  Tuned for speed, this board goes as the bottom is flat and
the back rails are sharp.  Of course a 14 lb epoxy 8'8" board will plane
much quicker as this is my only gripe with the board.

-Kirk

 
 
 

High-wind slalom boards

Post by Robert Hartm » Fri, 28 Feb 1992 02:54:52


Quote:
>Or do what I did, buy a ChallengeFlex.  I can tune it for high wind slalom or
>wave action (even asymetric).  They aren't made anymore, but I got mine new
>at a closeout for $400.  You can probably get them at swap meets.  I figure
>I'll use mine until I learn to land high jumps consistiently as this board
>is durable, but aa bit heavy for 80 liters.  One local raced his for a few
>years and only now switched to an epoxy ASD (either he got some money or he
>might be on the ASD team).

Or, he decided to lead on the course, not follow! ;~)

Quote:
>-Kirk

Rob
 
 
 

High-wind slalom boards

Post by David C. Tro » Fri, 28 Feb 1992 07:30:33

[Stuff about Kirk getting a challenge flex for $400 deleted]

        Last summer I was in the need for a light air wave board, cheap ,
        disposable and most of all, FUN. Since I could get a Challenge Flex for
        $200...I got one. All I knew about that board was a rememberance of 2
        days of demo'ing on from our Mistral Rep back in '88. It was alot of
        fun then, and for $200, it should be even more fun now.

        I got both tails (8'8" and 9'2"), but have NEVER used the 9'2"
        tail...the 8'8" takes my 5.8 just fine...though the board does feel a
        little (!) large while blown out on a 3.5 (had to see how it handled).

        What can I say, I had a GREAT time on on it, and at our local
        wavesailing spot, while others were on 6.2-7.0's, I was crankin aerials
        off the lip (large swells for some odd reason) and the occasional table
        top...while they all struggled with slalom sails and boards! (even got
        the best of a proto Energy..heh!)

        I love the way this board jumps...though if you dont have the screws
        tight, landing from a mast high table top tends to blow out the
        springs. This board LOVES to loop...just float that large hull up, drop
        the nose, and it just plops back down. *real* nice! I had trouble with
        back looping it, but that day the waves were a little off the wind.

        For traveling...it's going to be interesting. I'm heading back down to
        Florida soon, and I'll be taking 3 boards! My 8'3" and the Challenge
        Flex! (two tails = two boards in one) I could get away with just the
        Challenge Flex, but if I cant stand the idea of missing abig day
        without my 8'3" :-)

        Obviously, I like the board. In fact, I'm probably going to get another
        and LEAVE it in Florida. For $200, how can you go wrong!

        Shaka 'Bro...

        ps - Ive got all the logos shaved off the hull...if people knew I was
        on a Mistral...ack! :-)

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