Originally Posted by Roger
Where are you located?
If you are really a heavy sailor, the stiffer 520 cm IMCS 34 makes a little more sense, but I think you'll like your big Retro on the 490 cm a bit better.
Hope this helps,
Apparently the SW Joystick and Powerex Z-Free are the same according to the FAQ:
Q: Who makes the Sailworks masts?
A: Most of the Sailworks masts are manufactured by MacLean Quality Composites at their factory near Salt Lake City. MacLean is the manufacturer of the Powerex brand of masts. Several of the Sailworks masts are identical to the Powerex models: Lipstick = Z-Wave; Joystick = Z-Free; Speedstick = Z-Speed.
I'm located in Stamford, CT which unfortunately does not have a local windsurfing shop. As such, I will most likely order a mast on-line.
Although I'm 200 lbs, the 490 mast purchase is a little more appealing for the price and because it could support another sail in between my 7.0 and 9.5 inventory. It's a pretty big jump between these two sails and I hope to get an 8.0 - 8.5 in the future.
Thanks again for all of your help!