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utthita 20th February 2007 07:32 PM

'06 Pure Acid 86L tail shape
Have enjoyed owning and trying some of the different wave boards and could always use some help.

Curious why this tail is not thin like the Evo, e.g., rather, somewhat like the thicker freestyle tails? Or, what is the purpose of this thickness?

How does the PA86 sail compared to the the E83 for '06?

Advantages of the PA86 for '07?

I tried the '06 PA86 in 4.7/4.2+ conditions and found it soft in the rough water but often over lively coming in with the choppy swell(Cape Town) nimble in small waves and lighter wind, but am still struggling to get good action overpowered on bigger, fast waves, perhaps because of challenging conditions more appropriate for a 74L and smaller sail.

Outside jibes were a blast, so maybe, I also need more practice sailing with wind from the left.

79 kg/1.9 m

Insights most appreciated.

Ola_H 21st February 2007 01:30 AM

RE: '06 Pure Acid 86L tail shape
Just to understand what you're talking about, do you mean the kind of vertical rail like in this pic:

(here illustrated by a 2006 PureAcid 73)

utthita 21st February 2007 04:49 PM

RE: that is the rail
Yes, the vertical cm or two at the rail.

More commonly the rear rail is a sharp edge.

utthita 23rd February 2007 02:46 PM

RE: Yes, that is the tail thickness I meant
Yes, that is the tail thickness I meant

Ola_H 25th February 2007 03:13 AM

RE: '06 Pure Acid 86L tail shape
Well, I'm actually not fully sure what the intentions of the shapers were. As you say, some freesytle baords have this kind of tail, German SURF mag actually explicitly talked abou the PA74 being a good high wind freestyle board, so maybe it does help with that.

Otherwise I just think its a way to add some tail thickness while retaining a sharp release. It must for sure be much easier to make the board stronger with this slighly thicker tail.

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