Hi guys (and especially OlaH!)
am about to buy a 2nd hand EVo and the option is between a 2007 in technora (comes rpetty cheap at some 380 euros) and a glittering 2009 Wood Carbon barely used. Both 80L, my weight 82 kg.
QUestion is: which shape is better and are there indeed any remarkable differences betweeen the two shapes in the 80L version?
given the Evo is being replaced by the Quad, should I not buy an Evo?
I am approaching wavesailing, learning my first jumps, did some down the line in Morocco under gudiance of Boujmaa's fellows but still got a lot to improve untile I am up to speed.
Tried the Evo WC and liked it a lot, but wondering if it's really worth the difference in price compared with the old 2007 technora aparte from almost 2 kilos in saved weight.
I would be sailing it in mainly mediterranean conditions (Italy, Greece, Corsica ...). lots of side-on and onshore stuff. The 80L board I am seeking would be my smallest board, the other one I have is a Kombat 105 which I use in lighter winds.
cheers and thanks for your feedback
The two shapes are very similar and I don't think you can tell them apart without careful cross testing, changing from one to the other and back. I can't even say what advantages one should have over the other.
I think you will feel the difference in construction though. Light always feel nicer and there are instances where it really helps in maneuvers. But that said, the "maneuver" where you will notice the weight the most is when picking the board up, particularly after the session. That initial feel of super liveliness of a really light board kind of wears off into the session. So for most practical purposes I think most people can live with the heavier technora weight. So I say save the wood-carbon money and get the Technora which seems like a great deal. At that price you can get one or two extra fins which will widen the range of use even further.
Regarding the Quads. I feel they are amazing boards, but the EVOs have worked well for a long time now and the 07 EVO 80 is a super good board, proven by the fact that it is practically unchanged into 09. It's a top seller and I can hardly remember meeting anybody that didn't like it. The introduction of the quads does not make the EVOs any less good.
And if you feel you some time in the future need even more radical wave riding, you can always trade the EVO 80 for a Quad then. And if you get the 07 technora you will not even loose much money when that time comes (maybe it will even be a collectors item by then!).
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