I have two boards, an old 9'1" Seatrend Epoxy Slalom (yes, the original Randy
French), and a newish 8'10" custom glass wave board.
The wave board does exactly what I need. It's easy to ride, very maneuverable,
and as one would expect from a wave board, not super fast, but it is great fun.
It also needs quite a bit of wind to make it go, and I find it gets used much
\more often on the ocean than lakes or Coyote.
My Seatrend seems to have almost the same wind range. It is difficult to jibe,
falls off a plane easily, and flies off the top of Coyote Point chop.
I recently tried a BIC Adagio which though only 8'10" seems much easier
to sail than my SEatrend and it goes a hell of a lot faster. No wonder
my friend was outsailing me consistently, I had no idea how much better the newer
I want a new board, primarily for 5.0-6.0 conditions. I weigh around 180 lbs,
I can sail OK, can manage extreme conditions pretty well, but I'm not a
refined sailor, having not developed true high speed, am not that good at
pointing, and can only halfway jibe.
So I want something which will still be fairly small and light so it can
handle ocean and Coyote chop, but I want it to have good speed and upwind
ability, and yet still maintain a plane in marginal winds. I will use
it at San Luis, at Coyote, and any time ther is not enough wind for my
I think the BIC Adagio is pretty close to it, but Windsurfing Express tried
to sell me a BIC Presto (9'2" 19 lbs). I am also interested in the newer
bulb tail Seatrends, perhaps a 9'0" or even a 9'2" but no bigger than that. I
have even beed advised to look at teh Electric Rock.
Wahat do you guys think of these (and other) boards. Comments please.