I have found the 86 to be a superb and easy to sail board right up to 7m. I also weigh 86kg and if I was in your position the 86 would be my choice. But that all depends what you want it for. The 96 will allow for bigger sails and probably planes a little earlier as a result but it isn't quite as well mannered as the 86 IMO. If you are racing in marginal 7m conditions then the 96 would probably be better. If you are likely to be on <6.5 more often then the 86 is the weapon of choice especially if you want speed in the Fuerta chop. The 86 is a fantastic board, one I can see me owning for a long time.
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