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Old 4th August 2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default 2008 Starboard Isonic 101

Hi everybody,

I am an advanced San Francisco Bay Area windsurfer. I use 93 liter JP freestyle wave and 76 liter wave board with freestyle wave sails. Winds in bay area tend to diminish by the end of August from 20-25 mph average to 10-15mph. My gear is too small for this wind range. So I am thinking about getting a slalom board and a slalom sail so that I can extend my season or make the season year around as long as conditions permit.
I want to get your opinion about the 2008 Isonic 101. I weigh 160 lbs and I want to use the board in 12-16 mph range. I have never used a slalom board. I am used to FSW boards with big wide footstraps on the center for jumps and tricks. I heard that Isonic is a technical board. I was wondering if this board might be somewhat difficult for me to ride. Would Futura be a better option? And interns of volume I heard that 101 is actually 96 liters. Is that true? Should I go bigger? And what sail size would suit best for 101 and for my weight? I am aiming for either a 5.8 or 6.2 Neil Pryde RS mk3.

I will appreciate any comments and recommendation.

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Old 5th August 2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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10 knots would not be enough for your 6.2 m2 rig on the Isonic 101.
Perhaps the iSonic 117 wide would be better, but you will need at least a
7.5-8.0 m2 rig to make that work at your weight in < 12 knots.
The iSonics are a bit "technical" to sail, and the Futura or Carve boards
might be better with your stated experience and the conditions.
The Isonic 101 may not be exactly 101 liters, but I would not think that
it's actually 96 liters.
5.8-6.2 m2 rigs are for 18 knots, not < 15 knots.
I would reassess your sail size range a bit if you truly have 10-15 mph (not knots).
As suggested above, for 10-15 mph at least a 7.5 m2 (at your weight) would seem
more appropriate.
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