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Old 12th July 2008, 01:58 AM   #6
mark h
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Hi Unreg
As a comparison, I'm 105kg & 192cm. All good advice above, but really depends on your prefered wind range/conditions. On the basis that wave & freestyle have been your thing for years, I'd guess you'll get more kicks/fun sailing out of the comfort zone.

During the last 3-years, the most used slalom combo I used was a Sonic 100 & a NS Warp 7.6 (with 31cm & 35cm fins). This combo did me from 15 knots to 25 knots and remained good fast fun in that range. A warp 6.4m was used if the wind picked up more, but after getting use to the 7.6m on the S100, the 6.4m just felt to small on it (or the S100 felt to big for 6.4m!!). Its a very usefull combo as 1 x board/2 x sails/2 x fins and covered 90% of my local conditions, so very hard to make a "wrong call" and be out on the wrong kit.

Things have moved on alot since the Sonic 100. Have you had a look at the iS96? A two sail quiver in modern slalom sails, say one at 6m to 6.5m and a second at 7.2 to 7.8m should cover you from 15 knots to 30 knots easily, and it will be competitive in this range.

The only prob with the above suggestion is, if the winds are lower than 15 knots, its going to be cr*p, thats where the bigger kit comes in. I know alot of guys/girls will disagree with me, but I think a wave sailor would have more fun on 58cm wide slalom (more traditional) than 68/85cm (modern short/wide) slalom.

Safe option is like Expander says, 2x board solution.
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