Thank you all very much for your input and advice, I will take everything into consideration, unfortunately it's quit.
There is one final thing that I would like to clarify with regard to board vol / max width.
The most decisive factor determining the ability to uphaul a board in swell is its volume or its width, ie is the futura 122 / 72cm easier to uphaul than a board that is 130lt / 70cm wide? Is this also a factor when trying to progress into the footstraps?
Many thanks once more for your input.