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18th October 2006, 06:07 PM
Just unpacked my new 2007 EVO 90 and I was wondering about initial strap positioning and also if there is any call for ever using a different fin size than the one supplied. I weight 80kg and and would be using it with a full sail range.
18th October 2006, 07:55 PM
Unfortunately I haven't used the 90 yet, but I still think a good starter would be to go for the rear strap plugs for the back strap and then choose front strap plusg according to the stance you prefer. The EVO stance is generally quite wide, so do be afraid to "streth out" a bit more than ususal. I personally use the rear plugs back and middle plugs forward on my other EVOs and also on the 06 E91 I used to have. I think most people actually end up with something like that.
As for fins, the supplied 24cm Drake Natural works fine for the smaller sails in the spectrum for pretty much all riders, but I think most will want to go for something bigger for the larger sails. A good complement would be the Drake Natural 26. If you want to tune the board for more B6J style sailing you can use the 26 also with smaller sails (5.3, 5.0 etc) and then you might want to get a more powerful fin for sails around 6.0 and up. In the Drake lineup the new Crossover fin (original equipment on Kombat and (in much smaller size) also on the Flare. Its a Curtis designed fin which is still kind of raked bit with less sweep and its also MUCH stiffer. A crossover 26 could complement the original 24 for a two fin setup and for a three fin setup the Crossover 28 could even be an option (complementing the 24 and 26 Drake Natural). For more specific advice on fins I would need to know what kind of riding you will do on the board and in what sail ranges (B&J, onshore wave, sidewhore wave, big/small waves, riding/jumping emphasis etc).
18th October 2006, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the advice on the straps etc.
The most common conditions on the East coast of Ireland and cross on shore / on shore with generally small waves. A 6m would be the max sail I'd use on this board.
I have a 78l wave board but the EVO 90 is so that I can stop taking my JP XCITE 105 (a freeride board) out in waves which it isn't really meant for.
19th October 2006, 12:41 AM
Then its a tough call about which extra fin(s) to get. Maybe try to get the 26 Drake Natural first (a great match to the 24 and two fins of the same model makes transition easier) and if you want to tune the board for more B&J with the 6.0 you might get something more powerful later.
20th October 2006, 08:51 AM
I always go for the fornt plug at the back and the middle of the frnt straps.
It's all personal preferance though. Try em out and see what yopu reckon
20th October 2006, 07:44 PM
Thanks for the replies, what would interest me regarding the back foot position is what should I be looking out for regarding the handling etc? Is foward more about manoeuvrability and back more for speed control?
21st October 2006, 02:54 PM
IN general, further back means more effective pressure on the fin which measn faster speeds but possibly less control. When it comes to turning, further back menas sharper tunring but again, less control. But in practice its often not that simply and more a case of finding a trim of the whole board that works for you. Since the EVOs can sometimes be a bit sensitive to too much pressure on the fin, some people may find a forward mount gives then better control of fin loading. The same goes for turning. Its hard to say exactly what you will feel is wrong when your in a non ideal position, but when you get it right you will just feel like hte board get mode balanced in the turn. All these trim issues has to do a lot with your own stance and technieqe as well as the sails you are using and such things. Therefor the only really good way to know is to experiment. On a good day, just go in and more the straps and then go out and see how it feels. Sail the board like that for a while (to get settled) and then move back and see how that feels.
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