> Good choice, you will love the board.
I strongly recommend a larger fin. I have both the Curtis CR-15 66 cm
and the TekknoSport 70 cm fins. I use the 66 cm fin up to winds of
about 18-20 mph and find it is remarkable. Upwind performance is like
nothing you have ever seen on a board. I would stongly recommend the
curtis fin in your quiver. The 70 cm fin is for very marginal days
when most people would not sail at all and I just have to go out
anyway. I'm talking about 8 to 9 mph wind and sailing 4 hours just to
get in 15 minutes on plane with a 9.5 (you have to be really wanting to
get out). I sail with Retros and XT2's from Sailworks. I like the
camless 9.0 and 9.5 for winds under 18 and both the 7.9 and 6.9 XT's
for higher winds. The XT's have cams. With many days going 15 to 22
mph, I have learned to handle the 9.0 (it is a bear in the 20+ gusts)
by using its wide tuning range. I believe you will want something
around 9.0 for most days in the ***s. By the way, I weigh 190 pounds
and you can factor your weight from that number -- a 75 pound kid
sometimes rigs a 5.5 on my formula and planes like a rocket. You have
to see it to believe it.
Hope this helps... Go big for sails and fins, but have something
around 6.5 to 7.0 for those days around 25.
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