RE: Best set-up to get comfortable with planing
Hi again James,
OK, I've thought this out, and I think the Prodigy and Melody are definitely not anywhere near the top of my list of boards that plane easily in 10-15 knots.
One of the smaller GO boards (Go 140 Go 155) or perhaps the newer GO 139 would be alot easier for her to control.
Also do you have your 6.9 m2 rig on a really lightweight mast and boom
For women, rig weight can be crucial to feeling eager to press their personal limits.
Other easy to plane on boards would be the mid size Carves (122; 133, 145).
Now that I have the Gemini (Tandem board) it might be interesting to take her out on the front of the tandem and see what she's comfortable with.
Also try her on some lighter weight rigs in the 6.5-7.5 m2 range.
What I know from working with women is that what you think she's capable of, and what she thinks she's capable of are often two different things. Let her progress at a rate she's comfortable with. Maybe planing is not smuch fun for her, and it's not that she doesn't have the techniques as much as it is harder due to the larger rig, etc.
Look me up when I'm back in Hatteras and we'll see what we can do to make planing easier.
Hope this helps,