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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 2015, 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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