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Old 18th February 2009, 05:55 AM   #13
mark h
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Hi Nick, I know where your comming from with the K117, its more than capable of working in stronger knarly conditions in freeride mode. My mate (115kg) uses a similar sized board down to 5.4m weather and works for him and he seems to have as much fun when when I'm on a 70 ltr board on the same day.

Every one says the iS's are "highly technical" to use. Yes they require "a bit" more imput/energy to get going and to ride flat out. But, out of all the slalom boards out there, the iS is defo the easiest to use. You can kinda "de-tune" the iS with the straps set forward and use a freerace no-cam sail, this will then ride like a freerace board.

Over the years, I'v had most of the SB formulas pre F160 and loved them all (F159/C3 still my favourit). I'm 105kg so always felt that it was essential to have a FW for sea breezers. Never really considered life without a FW board in my quiver but couldnt really justsify having an XL slalom and FW. I thought I'd see what this XL slalom was all about and have a break from FW for one season. Now I'm 100% converted to XL slalom for light winds and cant see myself going back to FW (slalom very addictive).

XL slalom boards are defo more exiting CW Formula (not knocking FW). Early planing is in favour of FW. But ultimatly you only loose about 3 or 4 knots in the wind minimum stakes. But 3 or 4 knots can be alot in summer thermals.

Even though I personally prefer XL slalom CW Fw, I'd still recommend that you go for a FW. Mainly because you have a F144 which is to close to a iS133/144, and as your looking for max early planning.

If you could get to a UKWA event, I'm sure some one will let you try an XL slalom and FW to see if you like them. Tushingham sails demo van isnormally at all the events and have a full range of SB demo kit with them. Let us know how you get on.
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Last edited by mark h; 18th February 2009 at 07:22 PM.
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