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Waiting4wind
6th December 2008, 04:18 PM
I'm trying to 'kill two birds with one stone' so to speak. My GF is progressing from a v large centre fin board. I was thinking about buying her an 08 Futura 133 which I could also use as a light wind board with a NP RS 9m sail. Will I find this board lacking given my smaller boards are Slaloms, including an 09 IS111.

Is the Futura performance reasonable or will I be disappointed after stepping off the Isonic? I don't like being overtaken!

Chris Pressler
6th December 2008, 08:18 PM
Hi Waiting4wind,
a bigger board is for sure a good decision and a 133 will carry the 9,0 very well. It doesnīt matter if itīs a Futura or an iSonic.
Sure I would suggest the iSONIC 133 as the number one decision out of my view. The Futura 133 is a freerider. Smaller the Futuras get, especially in the first year, more sporty they are. The 133 is at the entrance to the relaxed freeride feeling group of boards. The 122 and samller sized models are "more aggressive". Differences are in the width and lenght. The Isonic is much wider and shorter. These facts could speak for the Futura.
If you expect having a relaxed ride with good upwind and easy downwind performance, ake the Futura. For sure you will like to jibe with the Futura 133 very much. Perhaps you will like it more compared to jibing with the iSONIC 133.
In my opininon itīs a good choice to take the FUTURA, because you will wait less time for wind.

Hope it helps and you get my points of view,
Chris

CarlosD
6th December 2008, 09:21 PM
Hi w4w,

As you will share your big board with your girlfriend, you should go to the Futura. I own a new IS133 2009, this board is a speed demon for its range but unlike the 2009 IS111 you own ( see our local beauty Maria 76 comments about IS111 on this forum from) itīs hard to ride for begginer / intermediate sailors. Well powered with 9.0 the 133 flies over the water but is not easy for a short boardīs begginner to keep the board under control at such incredible speeds.
The Futura is a much more confortable board with an amazing performance too when rigged as a big Slalom (good cambered sail, slalom fin and straps outside) and I guess that a 144 will fit better your GF and you than the 133 - more range for you and more floating for your GF-

I hope this could help

Good winds from the other side of the world

Screamer
7th December 2008, 03:52 AM
W4W

Well I'd say you'll find Futura lacking, from pure performance point of view (but it's the most "slalomish" of all the freerides on the market I believe).
Maybe you don't like being overtaken, but you also have a girlfriend to think about ;-)

Look at this from the bright side: think of all the excuses you'd have to concoct if your gf wasn't a windsurfer ;-)))))))

Maximus
7th December 2008, 05:04 AM
Hey Carlos

I'm considering the I133 for next hear instead of I122. What sort of speeds have you been getting with the 133/9m combo? What wind range are you getting? I'm about the same weight as you. The 122/8.4 combo is very quick, however I get a lot of 8-10 knot days.

Cheers

Waiting4wind
7th December 2008, 07:04 AM
Hey Carlos

I'm considering the I133 for next hear instead of I122. What sort of speeds have you been getting with the 133/9m combo? What wind range are you getting? I'm about the same weight as you. The 122/8.4 combo is very quick, however I get a lot of 8-10 knot days.

Cheers

Carlos also keen to hear your comments on the IS133 as you use some of the same sails I do, are the same weight and height......and the same age. I just hope you don't look the same......

Thanks guys for all the advice. I guess I'm trying to have my cake and eat it too with the shared board. But storage and transport is another motivator. All up I'll have 6 boards with the GF's board, so I'm hesitant to get another big board for myself. Mind you the IS111 has been performing reasonably well with a 9m although not a huge early planing advantage over the 7.8.