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Floyd 18th December 2009 06:02 PM

100 litre high control board ???
What do folk reckon is best 100 litre+ high control board made ,in and out of Starboard range ??

Not for racing/slalom/waves; just surviving in very strong winds (40knot+) and rough water ???


PG 18th December 2009 07:03 PM

Some older starboard carves would maybe do, but I have understood that the new boards are quite a lot more nervous.

For composure on the water, and control in high winds, I think the RRD FSW are hard to beat. An advantage for gusty and variabl conditions is that they also plane early. I have a FSW 94 that for me (at 100kg +) works reasonably well in 40 knot winds.

Farlo 18th December 2009 09:19 PM

Hi Floyd, for an overall purpose board I would recommend the ST104 (first edition if you can find one). It's extremely fast, flies over chops while remaining very comfortable/controllable. Out of Starboard range Exocet CCarve 103 or SCross 105 have excellent control as well for their size. This is a bit of extrapolation because I would never use 100+ L in 40 Knts, but overpowered in rough water, yes.

mark h 18th December 2009 10:34 PM

Kode 94 or 103?? If I had to choose one for 40k plus survival in open rough seas, at 105kg I'd way prefer to be on the Kode 93 than the 103, the 103 is to wide. But truthfully, in 40k plus rough seas blasting I would be on the Kode 86:)

Floyd 19th December 2009 04:04 PM

Thanks for replies.

Tried Kode (104 + 94) they were very harsh but were Carbon models. Kode is very wide for its volume so think that rules it out for what I`m looking for.

Will try boards mentioned.


Farlo 20th December 2009 09:36 PM

If you're not afraid of looking old school, the Tiga 259 is much narrower (56 cm or so) than the boards mentioned above, very smooth to ride and almost undestructible. ST104 is 60 cm wide and the Exo's ~65.

Ken 20th December 2009 11:35 PM

I also have an old Tiga, the 263 which is narrower than the 259. Both are poly boards, somewhat heavy, but very, very smooth in the chop and great at jybing. I only take mine out when it is a steady 25 knots plus. A real pain if the wind drops for me since it is a sinker.

The only negative for the Tigas are the foot straps, which tend to twist a lot.

Farlo 21st December 2009 03:25 AM

Yes, you can always keep them stuck to the water (in the good sense) whenever you need. By the way Tiga 259, 263, 257 & 268 are in the 80/90 liters range. All are excellent shapes in high wind although 263/268 are freeride/slalom oriented and 257/259 are wave/frewave. If you want something closer to 100 liters, the 269 is of the same stuff. Adversely the sandwich epoxy FreeCarve 57/61 have much more "pop" but are also much harder to control in rough conditions. Strap twisting on old Tiga is annoying indeed, but elliptic toothed washers combined with the monopad normally fix it.

Floyd 23rd December 2009 03:58 PM

What about new kit ?
Seems this is an area manufacturers seem to be ignoring (or probably doesn`t exist?)

Nearly all the modern kit at around 100 litres is worried about early planing and top end. (even Kode ?) My F2 Style 250 is worn out !!!

Will try and get on a RRD FSW

Thanks for replies.

mac33 23rd December 2009 06:04 PM

are u sure u mean 40knots.

most sailors cannot sail in 30knots.

in 35knots even on 4.0m very feware sailing and less sheeting in.

in 40knots, never saw anyone sail, unless in sheltered water.

i do remember 6/7 years ago, two of australias top 5 slalom sailors got caught out in approx 40/45 knots in the swan river. they both were in water for over 5mins till gust past.

to answer your question.... the green + bluemistral flow of around 10 years ago sailed very high out of water and safe.

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