> > As I said on 7/29, going from 125 to 115 is not that big a difference. ?Keep the
> > 125 and get the 105 as a higher wind board.
> I got RRD fsw (freestyle-wave) 110 ltr (64cm).
> What a board! Buttery smooth in the chop, very maneuverable yet stable
> in back and forth sailing. Planes extremely easy! (I have a wind meter
> and I was able to get and stay on decent plane in 13kts, with a 7.5
> sail and my 85kg).
> So far I've been able only to test it in light 7.5 conditions, but it
> feels like the board is custom made for me. It's true what people say
> about roberto ricci designs.
> Since 7.5, my larger sail works flawlessly (with large, 37cm fin) I'm
> going to get rid of my 125/69cm freeride anyway.
> In the future, perhaps I'll get a typical wave board as my second
> board, for ~4.0 conditions. I guess I'll start with a large wave board
> ~90 ltr, what do you think?
marek, I think large wave boards work great for most sites that lack
consistent side-off conditions. That bit of extra float means a great
deal when trying to get out through white water, and a 90+ liter wave
board often allows the use of a slightly longer fin that will make
keeping upwind a lot easier. I use a variety of boards for this
stuff, including a 90 liter Angulo SuperGu (not a strict wave board,
but pretty close) and a 99 liter AHD PiT that is a true down-the-line
board best for onshore waves in lighter winds. To compare, the Angulo
is very fast and rewards technique that is super aggressive. It also
is more forgiving, strangely, in that it sails well even if my ***
starts to drop when I'm tired. The AHD sails just fine without a lot
of input but really comes alive when I sail a bit more over the center
line. The AHD's rails seem a bit easier to engage on a bottom turn
and the board will respond more rapidly than the SuperGU in
transitions off the top.
That said, I much prefer the feel of the Angulo. I like fast boards
in general regardless of the type as I find it easier to sail across a
broad range of conditions. Ed Angulo's shapes feel wonderfully
"surfy" even at these higher speeds, and it is this speed that I find
useful in making power moves with less actual input or force from
me. I pick the Angulo over the AHD if the wind is more onshore or
the wind isn't filled in well in the lineup, both of which often occur
simultaneously. The AHD comes out whenever the wind approaches side-
shore depending, of course, on current.
My point is, don't think only in terms of volume when selecting a
lighter-wind wave board. Consider the *** conditions of wind and
water for the particular wind strength you have in mind.