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Old 17th February 2014, 08:31 PM   #21
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Yep, I had the same feeling with the 85 wide slalom boards I was on.

When I was fully powered up, I was going like a rocket. Super boards.
On slightly downwind courses, they are truly amazing.

But with very marginal wind, and typically in the lulls, I was all the time trying hard to point the nose downwind to maintain planing on these boards. And often as a result not able to return to my starting point.
This is exactly what the US does very well, i.e. while planing, it points better. Of course it is better in pointing. After all, it has a width of 93 and a standard 58 fin which gives loads of lift. And then the nice thing of it all, is that you're not easily overpowered on it like on a Formula. The less extreme outside position of the foot straps with a more natural upright position and the tail that narrows down like a slalom board make sure of that. Also jibing is really fun.

For those of you who have not yet tested the US against a 85-wide slalom board, please do so.
You'll know what I'm talking about.

And then last but not least, why would you even bother about a 7.8 in 20 knots ? Then you're already a long time on you're IS110 not ? I often start off with my 8.8 sail on the US and when it gets too tough, i just swap the board for the IS122(IS110). That works wonderfully.
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Old 17th February 2014, 09:05 PM   #22
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And then last but not least, why would you even bother about a 7.8 in 20 knots ? Then you're already a long time on you're IS110 not ? I often start off with my 8.8 sail on the US and when it gets too tough, i just swap the board for the IS122(IS110). That works wonderfully.

.... That is why I have decided to replace the Is133, it is too close to the IS110. As soon as the 8.6 is well powered up, I am onto it. It is possible to race competetively on an Is127 and an Is101 (9.6, 8.6 and 7.8 on the Is127; 7.0, 6.3 and 5.7 on an Is101).... however, the Is110 is such a fabulous board

I might try a US
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Old 17th February 2014, 11:54 PM   #23
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I agree the 133 is no fun if you are not planning.......you have to watch the nose to ensure it does not pearl and it has little directional stability...BUT...I have rarely found myself in that position because it glides through lulls so well provided your technique is good. I found that because the board is so wide it is easy to think you are sailing the board flat (rail to rail) when in fact you are sinking the windward rail, especially in a deep lull. Pointing with your toes and physically lifting the windward rail keeps the board planning at incredibly low speeds. I have changed the 133 for a 127 but not had a chance to sail it yet..it is a little longer than the 133 so I am hoping that improves the balance of the board nose to tail.
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