Wave vs Slalom boards

Wave vs Slalom boards

Post by Bill Staffo » Sun, 19 Aug 1990 05:46:32

   I would like to hear some opinion/experiences on the topic of wave vs
'gorge' boards for sailing in gorge-like conditions.
   I have an 8'10" Wind&Surf that has been my mainstay for medium to high
wind conditions.  However, a recent 4.0 day convinced me that this board
reaches a point of diminishing returns at 4.5 conditions.  Its' size and
concave bottom make it very bouncy in the 'rinse cycle' type chop of 4.0
conditions.
   On the above mentioned 4.0 day this bouncing, coupled with a spinout
prone weed fin that breaks loose after every bounce, exhausted me after
only a few hours of sailing.
   I can't do much about the weed fin but I think a board more suited to
4.0 conditions would do a lot to decrease the sailing effort.
   With that in mind I now have to decide what type of board to buy.
I would like gorge-board of around 8' but the 8'1" Tiga Wave at $700
looks like a great buy IF it will deliver gorge-board performance in
4.0 conditions.
   So the big question is: how do wave boards perform when sailed like
slalom boards in 4.0 conditions?
   From my limited experience with wave boards I would expect them to be
slower than slalom boards.  But will the difference be substantial in
4.0 conditions?  I would expect wave boards with the typical wave fin +
thrusters setup to be worse upwind than slalom boards but could this be
offset by using a slalom fin?
   One final question, has anyone sailed a Tiga Wave?  

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