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11th October 2011, 06:44 PM
Dear Team,
My weight is 68 Kg and are using Blade 7.8/7.0/6.3
60% using the 7.8 on a Isonic111 (2010 Wood)
To replace the Isonic what would be the best choice: the 97 or 107?

Conditions are: Lake with winds between 10 - 25 knots, above 15 choppy.

What will be the advantage of a Carbon version versus the Wood-one?

Thanks in advance for answering,


11th October 2011, 07:04 PM
Hi GtB

I'm no team member but I weigh the same as you and up to now I have had 2 iSonics 101 and now have an iSonic 97 2011. I use this board as my big board and use it with a 7.0 and 6.2 with 36cm and 34 cm fins respectively and only use it up to 20 knots there after I use my Futura 93. Anyway the 97 is def the one to go for. The 107 will be too big for you especially for the higher end of your specified range.

As for the advantage is the carbon version is lighter, stiffer and definetley more responsive but be warned it is a lot stiffer than the wood with a noticable difference. For what it's worth I my suggestion to you is, in order for you not to get bounced around a lot especially in chop I suggest you set the back footstraps in the most forward position for max control otherwise it can get very tricky. The board changes character the further back you set your BACK footstraps so be warned.



11th October 2011, 11:31 PM
Hi Van,

Thanks for your useful info, good to have feedback from someone with same weight.
You are using a biggest sail a 7.0, I want use a 7.8 does this will work? (Reagrding the Starboard specs yes, however I would like to have some feedback..)
I am thinking of the Carbon version, it's lighter so in the low winds it will plane earlier?

Van just a question: Why a Futura 93 below your 97? Isn't that not to close? I am asking because I want to have a 85L "Freewave" board for the higher winds. Thanks for letting me know.

Teammembers hope you could add also useful info, thanks

12th October 2011, 03:21 AM
Hi GtB,

Yes confirm that the 97 will be better for particularly in 7.0 & 6.3, the 7.8 work better on the 107 but work perfectly on the 97 also, just get more performances on 107. But better performances on 7.0 & 6.3.

The volume is not the more important factor in a board choice but the shape of the board, the Futura 93 is totally different board compare to iSonic so even as same volume the results will be different.

Hope this help

All the best

12th October 2011, 05:49 AM
Hi GtB!
I have the same weight as you almost i am 138 pound and i have the 90 and 107, i love the 107 with my 7.0, 7.3, 7.5, 7.8 and 8.4, i have not use this board with a smaller than a 7.0m but my friend did and he like it. I would get the 107 it has a bigger range all you need to do is change the fin and you are ripping:-)
Good sailing

12th October 2011, 10:20 PM

Your answer may depend on your sailing conditions. If you sail more in 15 - 25, then the smaller board is the answer. However, if most of your time is in the 10 - 20 range, the I would go with the 107.

I weigh 77 kg and have an iS 111 and it works great with my 6.6, 7.6 and 8.4 race sails. Since I rarely race slalom and I am freeriding, I go for a bump and jump board (see below) when the wind is over 20 knots for a smoother ride, plus I can chop hop which I can't do with the iS. Basically, the iS 111 is too much board over 18-20 knots for my weight.

13th October 2011, 06:11 PM
Hi GtB

Like Remi said the Futura and iSonic are very different boards. From 5.7 to 4.7 I use the Futura. It is by far my favourite board for offshore speed blasting and performing speed jumps off chop. You couldn't do that with the iSonic and if you could it would be hair raising stuff. I just bought the 2012 Futura 93 carbon model and again this is my 3rd Futura and compared to the previous wood versions I had, this is a lot more responsive, great in the air but very very hard and again like on the iSonic 97 I set the back footsraps forward and the front footstraps all the way back. (Best of both worlds ha ha).


13th October 2011, 11:08 PM
Hi, Thanks Van, Remi and Ken for all your quick responses.
Based on all your info I want to compare my Isonic 111 (2010 Wood) with a Isonic 101 (2009) of a friend with the 7.8 in conditions of 10-18 knots.
Just get an idea of the performance with the 7.8.
What do you think this could bring me to the right choice?

Please Light-weight surfers if you do have experience with these boards (Isonic 97 & 107) please let me know.

Thanks to all and good winds!