RE: Starboard Appollo/Formula Windsurfing
This is a strange discussion.
Starboard gets flamed for trying to stretch the lightwind envelope of FW, while not wanting/daring to abandon teh style of FW boards that have been quite successful the last few yars.
On the other hand, if some other manufacturer, like Tabou, would have launched the Apollo and admitted that it was optimized for the low wind racing in FW then I assume that everyone would have been just thrilled (and applauded their courage).
The end result would still have been the same, the lightwind optimized boards would excel in low wind, and more allround boards would excel in high wind.
Formula Windsurfing is a development class. Thinks will not stay the same forever :-)