>I am looking for recommendations concerning a slalom board. Specifically,
>the pros and cons of the BIC Electric Rock and the F2 Sunset Slalom. I can
>get a 1990 Sunset (hull only) for $599 at a local shop. The 1991 BIC goes
>for $799. I would describe myself as an advanced intermediate (waterstart
>fine, hit very few jibes), about 190lbs. I have an O'Brien ProAm, and want
>a better board for high wind/chop. Anyone with experience on either board
>(especially the Sunset), please post/email. Thanks.
Well, this question came up on the net about 6 months ago, and there
were some interesting opinions and experiences. I guess first things
first; of your two choices I've sailed the Sunset Slalom and found it to
be a fun lite slalom board. It is a good first slalom board. They've
been consistent in the product quality dept. and have a good line
of baords. I don't like the quality nor the sailing style of the
Bic boards .. too many little things have gone wrong with friends
boards, and they are pretty heavy for their class.
If you haven't sailed one yet, look at the Fanatic line. I'd suggest
a ULTRA BEE or a LITE BEE ( the difference is that the ULTRA BEE
planes up at a lower speed than the LITE, but doesn't have the same
top end). I believe that the RAT is another possibility, although I
don't have a product sheet in front of me. IMNSHO the Fanatic production
slalom boards are far and away the best made and best design
in this class. You should be able to find a used or last year
model hull for around $600-$700.