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13th March 2007, 11:22 PM
I'm to buy a new wave / high wind board and have already come to the conclusion that it should be around 85 liters in volume. Question is what model from the Starboard programme?
I sail costal conditions in southern Sweden, never big surf but rather medium waves to choppy conditions. Rider weight 85 kg, 8 years experience from our sport. I'm basically looking for a board that is manouverable in waves (riding, jumping etc) but one that also is competitive in high wind flatwater conditions. Guess it has to be a compromise here and I rank wave/chop ability a bit higher than flatwater.
14th March 2007, 03:07 AM
That would be a Kombat. Pure Acid is an option if you're looking for a board in the high wind range. The Kombat can definitely hold its own on a wave and is excellent through chop. Still you can trim it for flat water freeriding with the straps out and back.
Compared to an Acid, there is slight compromise in how the board will handle epic wave conditions. The slightly wider tail and shoulders just gets a handfol a bit earlier. But make no mistake, in most wave conditions it will still rock.
Compared to for example an S-type the Kombat is a tad less agile and fast when you put the hammer down in flat water, but the wave riding ability is CLEARLY better than the S-type.
When it comes to sizing, it depends on which sails you're looking to use with the board. The K87 will be the most all round board with the widest range and if you have a bigger board as a complement, I don't think a bigger board would be better. The Kombats are very efffective shapes and generally "hold up" for bigger sailors relative the board volume.
15th March 2007, 06:12 PM
Just read that our highwind board guru Ola H. will be away for a couple of weeks but maybe somebody else can have a look at this one.
I'm about to order a new high wind board and have homed in on the Kombat 87. I intend to center this board around a 5,2 onshore wavesail. Will the board be happy with a wave 4,5 on windier days? This is the smallest I plan to use on the Kombat 87.
My other boards are iSonic 122 (9,0+7,5) and S-type 115 (6,0 +7,0). I'm quite scertain this will be a OK 3 board quiver but before pushing that order button for the Kombat 87, it would be nice to hear your oppinions on this. Would it make sence to go even smaller on the high wind board (K79, Acid 80) ? Please see my detalis in the original post above.
15th March 2007, 09:54 PM
Yes, I'm sure 4.5 sail will be fine with your Kombat 87 and your 85 kg. I'm using a 4.2 as my smallest sail on Kombat 86 up to 30 knots of wind with my 65 kg. Check that old thread as well : http://2006.star-board.com/forum/askteam/read.asp?ID=6179
For your 3 boards quiver choice, I think that a 4.5-6.0 sail range with K87 might be a nice combo with the 6.0-7.0 sail range of your ST115. I'm not sure how a 6.0 sail could be driven efficiently on K79 since you're 20 kg heavier than me, but a 6.2 sail is nice for me on K79 as well as a 6.9 on K86. As for K79 over PA80/86 choice, I'll let Ian (90+ kg) add more comments on that.
17th March 2007, 07:59 AM
i can really recommend the PA 86! The conditions you described are exactly those where i use my PA86 most - and it is a great board. It is not only the 'classical' down-the-line' wave board ( i can not talk too much about this ;)...) but the perfect high wind B&J board. I love it!
I am 95 kg and use it witt 5.4/4.7/4.2 NP Search, from 5 to 8+ bft.
no beats me in speed and control, so far ....
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