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Old 13th August 2009, 12:33 AM   #3
Deja Vu
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 70

I notice a big difference between an 8.5 and a 9.5 for light wind slalom. The difference is evident when the winds are light and gusty. You may have to pump your 8.8 like crazy to get going when a 10.0 (assuming your board will carry it comfortably) will pull you onto to a plane with little effort. You may be able to plane through your gybe with the 10, but not with the 8.8. In conditions where you can plane easily with the 8.8 I don't think a 10 will help much unless there are some really big holes. The extra grunt of a 10 is only worth it for those really marginal days, but definitely worth it since it will turn a non sailing day into something worthwhile. Once you get beyond a 10 it gets hard to justify unless you're a super heavyweight.
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