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Old 5th September 2009, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default World's best windsurf gear for this condition

Hi,

I want to buy the world's best windsurf board and sail for the following conditions:

- Sailor weight: 70 kg/163 lbs.
- Sailor experience: assume medium to high.
- Wind speeds: 6 to 10 knots (dec-apr) and 15 to 20 knots (may-nov).
- Water conditions: mostly choppy. Wave height is around 1 meter/3ft (dec-apr) and 2 meters/6ft (may-nov). Wave frequency is around 7 secs.
- Windsurfing type: freeride, flatwater blaster, bump and jump.
- Decision criterions: speed, strength/durability, and control for fast jibes.

I've been looking into a futura101 or kode94 coupled with a Neil Pryde Excess 5.9 or Hellcat 6.7.

I'm a little bit concerned because where I live (Cartagena, Colombia) it is unusual to find flat waters.

What would be your best/dream gear for a condition like mine?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 5th September 2009, 02:46 AM   #2
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Unfortunately you can't cover all your conditions with one board and one sail. You need very different gear for 6-10 knots (force 3) and then for 15-20 (force 5).
6-10 knots with 1m swell, I'm not sure but that's a longboard territory (are the waves breaking/rideable, or just swell/chop?)
For 15-20 knots I believe a Kode94+5.9 will suit you fine, better than a larger/wider Futura.
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Old 5th September 2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for the answer Screamer.

I don't think those waves are rideable.

It's like in the open sea... something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iv3w...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j5P5cN45pA
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Old 6th September 2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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Go for the new Starboard, the Atom, apparently it's a one solution board for waves,speed, jumps and freestyle, that should be perfect, and it's 99l, so about the same as what you were considering.
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Old 7th September 2009, 01:10 PM   #5
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Unregistered, your weight is 1-2 kg lighter than mine. No one board/one sail combination that you would love at 15-20 knots will make you happy at 6-10 knots unless you are a dedicated one-design racer. I'm having trouble picturing anyone having fun trying to going against a current on a small board with a small sail in winds of only 6-10 knots. The board/sail combinations already mentioned could be great at 15 to 20 knots but they won't entice you to get on the water in 6-10 knots.

I think the only claims I've seen for a one board/one sail combination that can handle 6-20 knt condititions at our weights are: 1. a formula board with around an 8.5 to 10.0 sail, 2. a hybrid such as an RS:X or a Mistral Prodigy with whatever their class size sail is for the particular board, 3. an older longboard such as a Mistral One-Design or Mistral Equipe (I or II) with something like Mistral's OD 7.4 sail, 4. a Kona with their one-design class sail (7.5 or 9.5?), 5. a newstyle raceboard such as a Starboard Phantom 320 or 380 with the one sail or your choice (8.5?).

My choice would be a board large enough you won't just schlog at 6-10 knots and then have two sails, one for 6-10 and one for 15-20.
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Old 9th September 2009, 08:27 AM   #6
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thank you Del Carpenter and Agrelon for your answers.

Definitely I'm going to buy two different boards:

- A Futura 101l or Kode 94l or Atom 99l + Neil Pryde Excess 5.9m2 for the 15-20 knots condition.

and

- A RS:X or Phantom or Formula with a 9.5m2 sail for the 6-10 knots condition.

Now, for the 15-20 knots condition which board would you like most (futura, kode or atom)?

thanks in advance,
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Old 9th September 2009, 09:03 AM   #7
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Btw, has anyone tried the atom? does it really comes with a tuttle box? is it comfortable for freeriding? is it fast?
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Old 9th September 2009, 01:02 PM   #8
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If the videos from Cartagena are anything to go by then it looks like some useful waves for jumping and onshore riding. That would suggest a Kode would be a good pick.

If you have any kind of jumping in mind then I think the Futura would be cumbersome, even if it would be fast and fun in flat water.
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Old 9th September 2009, 03:22 PM   #9
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It seems that Atom is totally unknown at the moment, I wouldn't rush to buy it yet.
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