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Old 14th June 2008, 05:46 AM   #10
mark h
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Hi Foulweather Jack
You & I are real similar in age, theres loads of young guns where I sail and its a great feeling when they cant catch you. Theres also loads of top guys a decade or more older than me who can mix it up with the young guns. State of mind, your sell-by date is way away my friend.

The iS133 or iS144 are great light wind boards, but if you sail in conditions nearer to 6 knots most of the time, your better looking at iS150 (free formula) or full formula 160/161etc. If nearer 12 knots most of the time, then iS133/144 is a conteder. These are still delicate light weight boards, but, unlike the AHD (approx 260ish cm long) there shorter & lower noises tend to keep out of the way c/w your AHD (but still could be hit).

Cant help but think its possibly a waste of money repairing a 7-year old board when kits moved on so much??? Guess if you really like the AHD, its an option.

You said: "This formula gear seems to be getting more and more difficult to horse around as I get older"
Consider a "jezes knob" (not a great name for a product, highly suspect) or similar protection, this way you'll have the benefit of an 8.5ish kg board. The formula experience/Bic techno formula are nearly 11kg, so real heavy on the beach. If not already, consider getting a 100% carbon mast to loose some extra weight.

Cheers
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