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Old 11th December 2009, 11:55 AM   #6
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 234

As a heavyweight (100 + kg) myself I think that a 9 m2 sail is a goodsend. It is quite a lot more powerful than a 8 m2 for a heavy guy, and it is still decent to handle on teh beach and in transitions.

But in order to use that kind of a sail you need at least 75 cm of width, and with the modern shapes a few more would probably be good.

At least where I sail the wind can be quite variable, on and off, and there can be a longish shlog to the windline. A board that allows me to comfortably pull the big rig is then appreciated, at least 30 liters above weight, preferrably 35.

I find that a two board combo of 140 liters "slalom" + 105 liters FSW pretty much covers all conditions from a very marginal 9 m2 to a well loaded 5.3 (where average weight guys may even sail 4.2).
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