You say "his experience level". Have you bought 117aero with absolutely NO knowledge of using footstraps (and 80 kilos)?
If that's the case you are very talented/capable sailor.
Virtually all the people I know learned planing in footstraps on much bigger boards than 117 (semi wave board at that).
Nikolas, buy cheaply or rent, at least for a few more months.
Last edited by Screamer; 26th March 2009 at 03:17 AM.