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walter 1212 14th June 2013 07:05 PM

IS 97 Wood 2012
Hi surfers!

I want to replace my IS 94 by a IS 97. Is there a difference between the IS 97 of 2012 to the IS of 2013. Usually I prefer the wood version in this volumn class.

My Body weight is 98 kg. Im 1,88 m tall.
Can you give me any advices ?

Thanks and best regards


Maximus 17th June 2013 11:12 PM

Hey Walt old buddy

Dunno about the 2012 version, but have the 2013 version and it goes like a rocket. I'm same weight and height. Use with 7m R4.

mario.milhazes 30th July 2013 12:50 PM


Im thinking of buying this board....2012 version
Im 80kg and have a Futura 101 that will be replaced by this 97 Isonic.
I can use very well a Hellcat 5.2 and 6.2 on my Futura.......has anyone experience with a sail this size on this board?
Starboard says it down limit is 5.6.....

I was thinking in the following quiver:

Isonic 97 with sails 5.2 ; 6.2 and 7.0
Isonic 117 Wide with sails 7.0 and 8.5 (already have this board and its amazing!!!)


BelSkorpio 30th July 2013 03:21 PM

With your weight of 80 kg, it is much better to choose the IS87 or even the IS80 with 5.2 and 6.2 sails.

I'm 87kg and I use regularly a 6.7 on my IS87.
5.7 is my smallest sail on the IS87.
Beyond this, I'm on wave equipment.


mario.milhazes 30th July 2013 07:08 PM

Hi BelSkorpio

Thanks for the reply.
I like slalom board and sails until 30 knots.......more than that i take out my Kode 86 with Hellcat 5.2 or Combat 4.7.

But depending on the tide sometimes we have 30 knots....gusting 35 with very little chop so i prefer to take out a fast board with Hellcat 5.2!!!

I think a slalom board under 100 L is to small for my sailing......i have only 6 years under my belt so when it gets very choppy and windy + 30 knots i cannot handle a fast board!!! Not enough balls!!! :)


BelSkorpio 31st July 2013 10:27 AM

Hi Mario,

First of all, I think that you have your knot "reference" somewhat different than mine.
I mean, in 30 knots with gusts to 35, I'm probably on a 4.0 + 83L max.

But anyway, in rough conditions, the smaller the board the easier it gets.
For instance, when I haven't got the balls anymore to use my IS101 (ex IS97) with my 6.7, I just change the board for my IS87 and it becomes much easier and controllable again, with the same 6.7 sail.

mario.milhazes 2nd August 2013 04:26 PM

Hi BelSkorpio

My reference in termos of wind are the following:

I use a 8.5 between 10 and 20 knots
I use a 7.0 between 15 and 25 knots
I use a 6.2 between 20 and 30 knots
I use a 5.2 around 30 knots
I use a 4.7 with more than 30knots

I think as i dont have a good tecnhique i have to use bigger sails to get going.....

Im 80kgs but again my spot, depending on the tide, you can have flat water with high wind or very choppy water!!!


BelSkorpio 2nd August 2013 05:35 PM

Perhaps 1 last remark.
I'm only talking about my own experience.
I find that my IS101 comes close to my son's Fu111 regarding sail size. It's probably the equal OFO tail size between these boards that is responsible for this. The IS101 still feels smaller than the Fu111, but mainly because of its volume and I only feel it when the wind is really marginal for the IS101. What I'm trying to say is that an Isonic of equal volume will feel bigger as a Futura.
So when you want a replacement for your Fu101, I still think it's better to choose a 1 size smaller Isonic. Just my 2 cents.
Mind that there is also the IS90.


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