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cafukarfoo 1st June 2009 07:08 PM

Starboard Phantom 320 vs Bic Core 293D
Hi all,

I am planning to buy a new long board. I am a begineer. My weight = 75kg, Height = 175cm. Had been training on Prodigy for almost a year for jibe/tack.

I want to get a board to learn foot on strap and harness and can allow me to progress from now to intermediate.

Now my board selection zoom to 2 model below:
1. Starboard Phantom 320 ( heard that this is a good board but heavy)
2. Bic Core 293D ( like this because it is very light which is 11.5kg but not very sure whether this is a good board ).

Can someone here share some opinion? Thanks.

James 1st June 2009 11:22 PM

Do you own a prodigy now, or have you been renting? If you already own a prodigy, you should probably stick with that to learn harness and footstraps. With the proper size sail, fin, and footstrap positions, the Prodigy is a fast and powerful board.

The Bic Core has more of a shortboard feel to it in higher winds but isn't as powerful in light winds as the Prodigy or Phantom 320 because of the shorter and rounder outline and smaller daggerboard. Also, when I rode one, a lot of water came up through the daggerboard slot, which I found annoying.

Probably the reason the Phantom 320 is heavier than the Bic Core 293D is because it has a larger, more powerful daggerboard, an adjustable mast track, multiple footstrap positions, and more length and volume. Even though those features add some weight, they increase the performance, especially the light wind performance.

So... If you want to progress your performance in both light and strong wind, I would go with the Phantom or stick with the Prodigy. If you want more of a shortboard feel in strong wind, I would go with the Bic Core 293D.

Good luck.

cafukarfoo 2nd June 2009 07:42 AM

HI James,

I actually renting a prodigy now which doesnt have foot strap on the board.

Thanks for your valuable feedback.

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