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stefan 28th October 2006 07:18 AM

2nd Board
 
Hi Roger,
Could you please help me to choose my second board? I followed your advice to buy F-type 148 before and I'm really happy with the choice. Now I'd like to get something that would work better on lake Michigan in cross shore and onshore conditions, wind 15-20 knots chop about 2-3 feet.
The board would be most likely used with Hucker 6.6 and maybe Retro 8.0. I haven't really started any wavesailing or freestyle but I love to watch guys who mastered these and would like to learn myself.

The candidates are:
S-type 115
Kombat-Aero 117
Carve 111
Isonic 111

Could you please compare and suggest would might work for me in the above mentioned conditions?

thanks

Stefan

Roger 28th October 2006 09:12 AM

RE: 2nd Board
 
Hi Stefan,
OK, of the boards you've put on your "short list" it's going to be a little hard to determine which suits your needs the best.
If you had a little less chop (I've seen the photos of the lake on big days) the Isonic 111 would be good, and if you stayed in more flat water (Wolf Lake) etc. it would be great, but out in the big lake in onshore/sideshore conditions, I'd take it off the list as being a little more "flatwater" oriented than what it sounds like you want.
Any of the other 3 would be very good.
Actually, for the big chop and for semi wavesailing or big freestyle moves, I'd put the Kombat Aero at the top of the list, but a 107, not the 117 which is a little big for the conditions you describe.
The 117 will work, but once the winds get to around 18 knots, it's going to start feeling big, very quickly.
Actually the Kombat Aero 97 would be even better, but I don't think your feel you can go quite that small at your skill level.
The S-Type would be a little faster, and works pretty well for freestyle and choppy conditions, but it's a little to "directional" for the conditions you describe.
The Carve 111 would also be a good choice, but it's not quite as turny as the Kombat Aero.
Hope this helps,


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