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Old 6th April 2016, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hi

another "which boards is best" question...

Im 1,88m tall and weight 98kg. I have been windsurfing for 25 years. Mostly slalom and freeride boards, although for some 5 years I also tried Formula windsurfing....

I have been away from windsurfing forums and shops (not from water though) for the last 5 years since we got 2 kids during that period and the focus/money was shifted to other matters... So my big slalom board for light wind still is the Isonic woodcarbon 144 (guess it is a 2010 board). At that time, Starboard had 2 85cm wide boards, the Isonic 133 and the Isonic 144 for heavier people.

Kids are growing up and now I have been considering to change my light wind slalom board. I would prefer not going beyond 85cm width even though I dont participate in slalom competitions. Some questions:
- you don't have 2 versions of 85cm wide boards anymore, but only one and at 134 liters. This is 10 l below the 144 that I have. What key differences can I expect?
- I have a pretty good offer on the Isonic 130l from 2015, but that is then 14l below the ISonic 144. Any views on that one?

As you can see, Im a bit lost since I haven't really been closely following up the boards evolution over the past few years. Any guidance is welcome. I love my isonic 144 but after 6 years it might be time to change it now.

I will use this board with a Neilpryde MK Slalom 9.5 and 8.6. Also a fin recommendation would be welcome.

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Andreas
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Old 7th April 2016, 06:32 AM   #2
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I had a 2009 Is133 then a 2012 is137 now own a 2015 is130. I weigh 83kg

I just checked the ISAF production board listings, the old IS144 was actually 137L, the 2015 Is130'is 130L and the 134 is 134L. So the difference is not as great as you think.

The new is130 is a much better board in every respect to my is137, I was really surprised that it planes earlier as well. I just competed in the first round of the British slalom series and was 6th amateur, which is one of my best ever results, in conditions that I have always been very weak in. We were sailing in the absolute minimum wind strength.

When the wind gets up a bit, the is130 is a joy to sail, it feels much smaller and more nimble than the 137, this is especially noticeable in the gybes, where it feels really strong

One thing I did notice was how low volume the nose of the board is, you have to be nimble at tacking. With your weight it could be tricky.

Speaking to the heavier pro sailors, the is130 was a little small in the lightest winds, but probably the best board available in 13kts, the is134 has an edge in 11 and 12 kts wind.

I think that you will be amazed how much nicer the Is130 or 134 is compared to your old Is144. By the way I really did not like my 2009 Is133, it performed well enough but was nasty to sail.

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Old 7th April 2016, 10:54 AM   #3
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Hi Matt,

thanks for your reply. Now that you said it, I do actually record some magazines saying the isonic 144 had less litres than indicated.

Interesting that the board planes earlier. Wasnt expecting this. That is nice. I mostly use it in 12-17knots when I then jump to smaller and narrower boards.

May I ask what sails are you using with our IS 130?

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Old 7th April 2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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I use 2015 9.6 and 8.6 GA Vapor race sails. I will probably also use my 7.9m for racing in 16 to 20kts if wind is gusty. I use a 48cm and 46cm FHot fins and will use a 43cm Sonntag fin for 7.8m

I was also pleasantly surprised by the early planing benefits (maybe Remi can comment). Reason I changed Is137 was to be more competetive with 8.6, where I felt that I was loosing out on speed

I am sure that the IS134 is a marginally better board, but the 2015 IS130 is a very fine board. I am happy with my choice
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