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Old 14th May 2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default Kode 86 (wood) upgrade to woodcarbon or Flare 98?

Hi, I'm 74 kg and use the Kode 86 for a lot of 5.4 to 4.5 cross-onshore freeride/freestyle/wave type sailing in fairly choppy water. These are common summer seabreeze conditions which tend to support a style of sailing I like that is a combo over everything - freeride blast, throw some loops and freestyle, ride some small bay waves. The Kode86 (wood) seems to work very well for this, but the weight is the only issue I have which tends to restrain these aerial moves a bit and perhaps reduce some early planing. The board fires once the wind is solid 5.4 or 4.5 for me; it is a bit slow and underpowered at lighter 5.4 wind (prob due to being 86l). On the other hand, its weight provides inertia which, once at speed, provides good lift in jumps and lull-coasting. I ride a 71 quad once it gets solid 4.5 or less or in cross-off waves. This board rips.
My question is around whether I'd be better upgrading to woodcarbon Kode 86 for the lightness benefits or would perhaps a wc Flare 98 cover this sort of sailing better, especially for the 5.4 sailing? I guess having a Flare 98 and my 71 quad would be a good combo, but does the Flare still allow some small waveriding in these more onshore conditions, with it's high volume tail? The problem is once on my 4.5 these conditions (with waist high bay waves) are great for looping and both backside/frontside riding where the Kode86 rips.
I guess another option could be Flare 98 and then get a Kode80 for when it's stronger and keep 71 quad for proper waves and nuking winds.
I'd much appreciated some advice. cheers Andy.
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