RE: Apollo Vs F161
I agree that for me Forumula gear tends to look pretty aweful! I mean an Equipe has much nicer lines. But Formula is purely a factor of function. I went for the F-148 just because the looks were not bad for such a board.
I think the wide nose acts like a giant wing, and compresses the air to promote eary planing on the F-types and then the tapered tail just provides a more ergonomic position for general back forth sailing. I think had I the chance again, I'd have gone for the F 160 or 161. Maybe it's fine I didn't as it would appear the F type has plenty speed to keep our fun social racing pretty even with a friend on a 2003 SB Formula board.