RE: new vs. old slalom shapes
You know, that thing that I think needs to be highlighted here is that width cuts across the product line. Sailboards designs are generally wider overall. Yet, still the high wind stuff is markedly narrower than the light wind stuff. Designer/builder focus is truly on wider and shorter designs, even when it comes to ultimate speed shapes. The narrower shapes of the past have found a conflict with the updated design influence in the current market, for good or ill. Frankly, in my opinion, its a good thing. While many of us still find value in the older designs, time moves on, and we have to adjust. In the wave of new thought and technology, it's an unstoppable push. Look at computer/software technology. Just because some are happy, that doesn't change the push of new thought.