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Old 24th October 2007, 04:31 AM   #1
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Default First day on my Futura 111

My new Futura 111 (wood) arrived yesterday (thanks to Jim at Extreme Windsurf), and as luck would have it, today was windy...

Conditions were moderately powered to fully powered 6.5 winds (I weigh 165lbs, 73kg), with lots of 2-4ft chop, and breaking waves - tide against wind over a large shallow sand flat.

I rigged an older 6.5 Gaastra GTX, used the stock 38cm fin, and had the straps one hole in from the most outboard setting.

The board is fantastic in these conditions. It's fast, and the speed is easily accessible. The board seems quite early planing, and is extremely responsive to pumping. Bearing off below a beam reach on the face of a wave produces a noticeable burst of speed. The board rides above the chop quite nicely, and I generally felt pretty much in control, even at speed in the chop. There's a real sense that the board is flying free of the water, and it gives you the confidence to relax and let the board do what it wants..., which is to go fast.

I think the fin might be too big for me in really powered-up 6.5/choppy conditions - I usually use about a 30cm fin for powered 6.5, and about a 34cm fin for moderate 6.5 sailing. But, this board is a lot wider than my old board (a Naish 8' 11"), so I'm not sure how small I can go. I definitely had the feeling that a smaller fin would be faster.

The board carves nicely, but I wasn't really carrying speed out of my gybes - I really think this is operator error - I haven't sailed much in the last year or two (but this board will change that). Anyway, I found that in the choppy conditions, I wanted to be fairly deliberate about setting the rail, and I was actually putting the board on it's edge more than maybe I should have been..., I'm not sure. Also, as I said, I think I needed a smaller fin - I think with a smaller fin, I won't be wanting to bank the board so aggressively.

The board seems to perfectly fill the niche between my wave board, and my Formula 159, and I'm very happy with it. I got it for 6.5 and 7.5 conditions, and I think it's going to work really well.

Great job guys!

jeff f
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Old 24th October 2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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You lucky ..., I am still waiting for my 144.
Is it the blue or red version ?
Mine should be red.

regards :-)
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Old 24th October 2007, 03:01 PM   #3
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Futura RED??????
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Old 24th October 2007, 03:16 PM   #4
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I'm glad to hear good news from other Futura owners as well.

I am a complete novice to the sport, and received my Futura (122-liter Technora) a few weeks ago. So I cannot pinpoint any subtle riding characteristics like the more experienced sailors here, but I can say, it is an exhilarating ride compared to more beginner oriented freerides I have tried and owned.

Keep the impressions coming.


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