i find it odd that you speak about REALLY large sails and slalom in the same discussion
9.6 too small ?? some people doe not wanna go bigger !!
the US 147 is aimed at ??
thought early planing was the primal goal - with less of a Formula feel
speed was just an added benefit - or so i thought
speed at the cost of early planing does NOT sound like a good plan to me
and yes - there is quite a dilemma over JP SLW vs SB US
for me speed is less of an issue and length is important as well for tacking
many speed "freaks" definitely prefer the US 147 and i can understand that
less early planing just takes this board OFF my short liste :-(