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Old 26th April 2007, 01:50 AM   #1
Umbra
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Default Roger, should I go for carbon?

Hello guys, Roger.

I need your advice with an equipment issue.
I'm intermediate windsurfer, three years of experience - I can plane using harness and straps, perform waterstart with smaller sails and can handle 116l board for short time after ten days sailing in Egypt =)
Last year I bought my own fisrt gear - GO 165 with 8.5 camless Rushwind Strike. We have quite a few really windy days here, so, apart from improving my brilliant-perfect(not =) low-wind planing technique, I decided to go for cambered freerace sail to squeeze maximum from the board and any air movement we call "wind" here. I will be freeriding mostly, and maybe take part in free-for-all races some day.
I bought Tushingham Lightning 9.4, and since it is requires quite long boom (246) I have to replace my old one. I'm a bit short on money, so I can only afford something in price range of good AL boom.
Narrowed down options for now are:
- new Chinook Tripple Clamp Formula boom (stiffest AL race boom according to our local racers of our local "low budget" racing class =)
- used Fiberspar Race Carbon (70%) "in ideal condition"
Pros for carbon - it's stiffer and should have no "fatigue". Racers mentioned above are breaking one AL boom each season with similar sails, but their performance is far better than mine and they race winds when I would take 115l board.
Cons for carbon - I'm not experienced enough to handle it with proper care - I expect some crashes to happen during my progression and Fiberspar booms are said to be quite fragile.
What should I do? Go for cool-race-stiff-carbon or stick with weekend-warrior-abuse-prone AL?
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