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Old 5th September 2006, 01:52 PM   #11
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 234
Default RE: iSonic105 technical ride

I am somewhat surprised of the "consensus" to recommend huge boards for featherweights (at Ricbra's 66 kg). The iS133 is 80 cm wide, and the iS145 is almost 90 cm wide...

I would think that the law of "diminishing returns" comes into effect quite quickly. With the same sail size it ought to be more fun to have a board that planes almost at the same time, but is much more manouverable.

For a small guy it seems that a board around 70 cm (like iS115) wide would be sufficient as a lightwind racer, especially with decent pumping technique.
On the other hand, if the wind is strong enough for a 5.5 then a much smaller board would make sense. One with an optimum sail of about 5.5 and a max sail of 6.5. This ought to be not much wider than 60 cm (with a corresponding volume of about 95 liters, offering float like a barge).
My honest opinion is that the iS105 does not fit particularly well into a two board quiver for a 66 kg guy... It is too small as the biggest board, and too big as the smallest.
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