> Hi Kev: Since you have sailed the FSW 05 and 06 can you respond how
> they compare ? Mainly 4.2 - 5.9 range and 5.2 Sweet Spot. Also, what
> size fins work best.
Shape wise for 06, the FSW 85 got a little shorter and a little wider
and it sails w/ a little higher water position. I'd say the first
differences I noticed were that the 06 seems to have a smoother ride
and the board feels more compact and maneuverable. I found that from
04 to 05, the board got a livelier feel, but lost a little bit of
smoothness. It seems like 06, the board got really smooth again, but
still has a great lively free feel. Really fast. It planes up a
little faster this year...a little wider in the tail w/ little more
thickness (b/c of the bigger tail bevel) which is nice for freestyle.
As usual, this board comes in Full Wood Sandwich construction, but new
for this year is the Pro Edition option (Full Carbon Kevlar deck, full
carbon bottom). The new 06 sails really great. Every year I get the
new one, I just pray that they don't***it up (don't fix it if it
ain't broken idea), and this year's board is awesome.
Component wise, it comes w/ a new, lower-aspect fin. I'm about 165lbs,
and I find the new fin a little stiff for my taste, and I actually
prefer last year's flexier fin, but heavier guys will probably like the
new one better. New footstraps have preformed shape, thicker neoprene
cover, elimination of one seam on the underside of the footstrap for
comfort, and new footstrap width adjustment washers. The pads are also
a little grippier.
There are a couple fins I use on this board. I have a 22cm wave fin
for higher winds (4.2), a 22cm elliptical freestyle fin that I really
like in flat water for 5.2 and 4.7, the stock fin (05 or 06) works well
for me for 4.7 to 5.4. I would use something like a Finworks Wave
Blade 10.75 or 11.5 for a 5.9.