iSonic or Stype ?
I???m looking at upgrading my 2005 Sonic 110 to either the isonic 111, 122 or the Stype 126. I weigh 72 kg and plan to use 8.5 and 7.0 sq m sails (sometimes a 6.0) with the board. I usually sail in the ocean (east coast Australia) so the water is generally rough onshore and I enjoy sailing upwind for a mile or so and then sailing back downwind with the ocean swells. A board that is fast, goes well upwind but can handle rough conditions is a must. Which board would you recommend for this type of sailing & my weight etc. I like the sonic 110 and it handles the conditions very well but I understand that the newer isonics have a lower rocker ??? will this be a problem?. Does the Stype go upwind well? This board would obviously be better for jumping over swells but I don???t want to be limited with early planning . I was leaning towards a bit more volume (120 litres) so that I could get more time planning in light winds (12-14kts) but I am also concerned about going for a board 75 cm wide in the rough conditions. I have three other boards so when it gets up to 17-18 kts I change down to a 95 litre freeride or 85 litre wave board. Unfortunately in my area the board shops do not have demo boards so it is very difficult to try before you buy. Your advice would be most appreciated.