I have a Kombat 106 2006. I don't know the differences from the 2008 model, but as far as the ability to ride the board in strong winds I fully recommend it since I often use it in force 6-7 in choppy water with a 4.2 sail and it behaves amazingly well. It "sticks" to the water and certainly doesn't feel like a 106 lt board. I actually prefer riding it compared to my 73lt waveboard under these conditions. As for setup with strong winds, I put the mast foot as forward as possible for the board to stay attached to the water. I haven't experimented enough with the straps - fin position combinations, so I put the fin somewhere between the Wave and freeride marks. I guess the fin position is something to be investigated. I weight 82kilos.