RE: For Ian - high wind board choice
I used a Hot Sails Maui SO 3.5 (with a super soft 340 GulfTech Needle 100 mast). This combo is just as dynamic and nice as a bigger sail and helps a lot to keep in control. Board control was not that critical, but I did tighten the straps a bit more than normal to get a bit better connection to the board. The fins was a Drake Natural 21. I have a 20 too, but the 21 is small enough. On a PA68 I might have used the 20.
I've been out in some fairly windy conditions before, both during storms in Sweden and in sometimes super windy Guincho, but maybe this was the windiest since it was so "solid".
I agree an EVO will not make sense for you