Originally Posted by Coqrouge
I fully agree that something needs to be done with the PWA slalom. So far this year they have only been able to complete a few eliminations, and they are sailing in almost impossible conditions. When allowing starts in only 8 knots wind they need to allow bigger boards to ensure planing through the whole course.
Now it is simply no fun to follow, as in many cases it seems to be a lottery if they get into plane after each jibe.
I think some of the sailors are also to blame. Look at the equipment list for 2013 and in many cases you see sailors having registered smaller/narrower boards(+/- 80cm and 110-130lit ) as their light wind choice. They complain and want heats cancelled when they can't plane in a crowd.
Bjorn and Finian have their heads screwed on, as they have 9.6/9.3 and 10/9.4 sails registered respectively. Now only if they were allowed 90+ wide boards to make the most of those sails.
It's no wonder sponsors become harder to find when the chances of a non event are high as equipment rules are biased towards higher winds.