I have a 2010 flare 88 wood carbon construction. Its a super sweet board. Its Incredibly light and responsive. Its really a beautiful board to sail. But for me its also been incredibly fragile in the nose area. Part of this is that I have a bad tendency to crash the mast first into the nose. But if I had to do it over I'd buy the slightly heavier wood version as I think it would have held up better for me and my rookie crashes. I also learned from the guy who did one my repairs that the board uses unidirectional carbon fiber in the nose. The fibers run lengthwise so upon impact the board is prone to splitting - my advice is to go for the wood unless you are a super high level freestyler.