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Old 15th August 2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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Met with Remi in Bangkok, and I am pleased to report that he is working on prototypes for a high wind slalom board for 2016, that would be a cross between the iSonic Speed Special 54, and the 2015 iSonic 80. The shape must be validated by Cyrille and Bjorn, and Svein and Tiesda must give their green light for the board to go into production; the latter is NOT a given, so if you want this board, make sure to let them know. If all goes well, we might have (finally!) in the 2016 catalogue a true high wind slalom board (volume between 70 and 75 litres); that would be the first time since the 2000 Sonic 52 (a fantastic board), for with 80-82 litres, the much beloved 2008-2009 iSonic 76 was not suitable in rough water above 28 knots (except for heavyweights).

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Old 16th August 2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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Who needs something like that? There're no highwind slalom competitions in the world. The PWA prefers low wind or no wind competition, no highwind SL spots.
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Old 17th August 2014, 02:47 PM   #3
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Who needs something like that? There're no highwind slalom competitions in the world. The PWA prefers low wind or no wind competition, no highwind SL spots.
Not sure either ... the new Isonic 80 seems like the ticket. Can't imagine having anything smaller unless I was on a speed strip .. but if there is demand, the more the merrier!

The sonic 72 was a great board ... phenomenal uptake and water skiing jibes ... but it was also quite scary in chop with its big fat rails compared to a modern slalom.
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Old 18th August 2014, 01:48 AM   #4
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Most GPS sailors use Slalom Boards as their weapon of choice(or speed board for very flat water), so its great to see the new isonics having narrower tails compared to previous years. I think these designs will produce better GPS speeds. I'm going to have get another iSonic soon : )

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Old 22nd August 2014, 02:35 AM   #5
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Hi Haggar,

Correct the top end speed of the new iSonic are really higher than the old concept with wide tail, enjoy.

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Old 23rd August 2014, 06:37 AM   #6
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Many sailors who do not have unlimited budget will use this new board as both a speed board and a hi wind slalom board. Also, light weight (below 65 kgs) slalom sailors who sail in strong winds and choppy conditions will buy that board. Finally, those weighing up to at least 85 kgs and that sail in nuclear winds, will also be interested. I will get one for sure (I am 82 kgs).
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Old 17th December 2014, 02:09 PM   #7
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Any news on this small isonic? I will sign up for one as soon as it is available.

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Old 18th December 2014, 06:47 AM   #8
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As mentioned earlier, it is a 2016 board, so it is still in the development stage. Prototypes have been shaped and tested, and further refinement is needed, but the concept mentioned above is still valid. Remi continues to work on it. It has not been given the green light yet but at the moment, things look positive.
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Old 1st January 2015, 05:32 AM   #9
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I am interested in differences in speedpotential between the Futura 90 and the 2016 high wind iSonic. The Futura 93 can be surfed in very rough conditions and flat water conditions as well in very strong winds without controll issues.

It would be very nice to give a graph comparison (like there is for Atom vs Futura vs Carve) or other visible comparison to make discusion and the right choice easier. Now it sounds very interesting (also for me) when to choose a high wind iSonic 2016, an iSonic 54 or a Futura 90:-|
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Old 12th January 2015, 07:56 PM   #10
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Hi Hans,

First, the new Hi-Wind board will definitely be released as a 2016 model, meaning it will be available in shops in the second half of this year. However, importers don't place lots of orders for boards of this volume, so if you want to get one, I recommend that you place an order for it with your shop by April, otherwise you might not be able to get one.
It is likely that this board will replace the iSonic Speed 54; it will be both a slalom and a speed board. As such, it will be much faster than a Futura 90. I assume that it will be able to handle about as much wind as a Futura 90, but Remy would be the best person to confirm that. At this stage, it has not been decided whether other constructions will be available, besides carbon, whereas for the Futura, it will be available in carbon, wood and Technora, as usual. I hope that the 2016 hi-wind speed/slalom board will be available in wood as well (and if not, in Technora), because on choppy spots, in the type of wind it's been designed for, carbon could be quite uncomfortable, especially on our knees!
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