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Old 9th April 2010, 06:17 AM   #21
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Better than getting drunk and sh*gging the hermaphrodite :-)
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Old 16th March 2011, 08:00 AM   #22
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hi guys, I'm back again... In the end I purchased a hypersonic 105 last year for US$200. not the right volume for me but it was basically free so it was an easy buy... But uphauling? Forget about it!

First off I had trouble getting my back foot in the straps without it catching the fast moving water and thereby splitting my torso from my crotch all the way up to my second rib. I shamefully confess my levels of perseverance were not enough to work through this challenge. However, yesterday all that changed...

I put a hole in my carve 121 last month and was too lazy to fix it, so yesterday it was unavailable. It looked like really strong wind so I chucked my little wave board on the trailer. I was about to also load my Carve 151 in case the wind was light, but I remembered the hypers can take big sails. So for some reason I loaded the hyper instead as my lightwind option.

I got to my site and the wind seemed much weaker than I predicted. I almost went home. The hyper then called my name: "pick me... pick me!" Alright you ugly freak, I'll give you one last chance. I rigged my 8.4m V8 and half heartedly got in the water. After the familiar crotch splitting result trying to get in the back straps I decided something must change... The breakthrough? I took my booties off. OMG the difference was amazing. I could stick my back foot in even before completing the waterstart and then yank the board with my feet to whatever angle and blast off to gloriously fast planing almost instantly.

Yes it took the 8.4m with ease. Yes it ignored the lulls. Yes it handled chop like it was on an aircushion. I know my carve 121 so well that I bet I would have spent 30% of yesterday slogging if I was on it instead. The carve 151 would have been planing easy enough but just too big to really have an exciting ride.

So, in my opinion, the Hypersonic 105 is awesome.

I must admit though it never really went ballistic, speed wise. Maybe it is the shitty old fin I have fitted, or maybe the V8 has no top end... I will experiment and see what scary speeds I can wring out of the old girl...

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Old 16th March 2011, 08:04 AM   #23
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I even nailed about 75% of my Jibes and 90% of my tacks. This is unheard of for me!
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Old 20th March 2011, 05:19 AM   #24
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What fin did you fit to your HS105 with your 8.4 sail?
The original 2003 Drake 34 cm or Drake 44 cm fin?
Mast-track and footstraps setting ?

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Old 21st March 2011, 03:45 AM   #25
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I used the longer of the fins it came with. Some one has painted it and the paint is chipping off... not exactly a highly tuned weapon.

But yesterday I swapped to my C3 venom 42cm and it was definitely feeling faster. Unfortunately the wind was less than the other day, so i couldn't see if it would really fly...
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Old 2nd August 2011, 09:20 AM   #26
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I took the hyper out in really strong wind the other day with my Pryde RSII 6.2m sail. It was pretty good, but then I jumped on my 90litre wave board and it was alot faster, easier to control and therefore more fun.
This makes me feel the hyper is going to be of most value to me in light to moderate winds.
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Old 6th August 2011, 02:06 AM   #27
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I'm using HS105 since almost 9 years... The secret to let fly the HS105 at high speed is to use ridiculously small fins for her size. I use a 32 cm fin with 8.2 sail or a 26 cm fin with 6.6 & 5.4 sails when well- to over-powered.
Big fins are usually used with large sails when underpowered to well-powered: a 32 cm fin with 6.6 m2, a 40 cm fin with 8.2 m2 or a 55 cm fin with 11 m2 sail. Sure, other boards are faster than HS105 but no current iSonic can match such a huge wind range with just 4 fins and 4 sails. HS105 is a true slalom M-XL-mini Formula crossover that is still unique and remains unmatched so far. A true collector for those who wants a single racing hull instead of 3.

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Old 6th August 2011, 06:06 AM   #28
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Yes, my HS111 is definitely a keeper. With 5.8m cambered sail am using 29cm fin. For my weight it does get a bit bouncy in the gybes with that size sail but the glide through the lulls is really something. Standard 42cm fin with 8.xx sail works well but as remarked by Jean-Marc I believe a 40cm would be just about right.
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Old 6th August 2011, 06:21 AM   #29
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Loved my Hypersonic 105 that i had and really regretted selling it but had to due to sponsorship with another board brand i had at the time. Was a perfect one board solution but was like Marmite, you either loved it or hated it but for me was a great board with a 6.5 to 9.0m. Might get another one if i find one in good condition
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Old 12th October 2011, 03:32 AM   #30
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I ran the original hyper sonic 105 for a few seasons and it was a pure joy. If you can handle wider boards which generate a big degree of lift then the board is awesome and still pretty high performance, the most amazing feeling is gliding or slicing through lulls which is still one of the most bizarre things - the board is good but does require a certain type of attitude. Both I, and a good pal of mine who now has a RRD 135 as his big board absolutely loved it, both on flat water and also in some pretty big coastal swell! Sold mine.... now have a 2011 117 carbon - now that is a sexy looking board!
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