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Old 30th March 2008, 09:28 AM   #1
mano
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Question wave board for 105kg sailor

I'm a wave sailor but find it hard work using boards with less liters than I am kg. It is most often cross off with good wave riding conditions but the wind is often very gusty and full of holes, and often very choppy and maxing out the back. Don't want anything too wide. My acid 94 is fine on the clean wind days but is a sinker in the holey wind days and I can't get the waves. I'm 196cm / 105kg and can crank a stiffer board about. My question is what would a STAR BOARD 2003 Freestyle 107 liter be like in the waves, as I can pick one up locally? I like US fin box's to reposition fins etc. Also will a trance 94 get me planning and be better in the waves than my acid 94? What board do you suggest (older models that I can afford) ??

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Old 30th March 2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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I don't think the Freestyle board will do the job very well, particularly not if you're used to (the excellent) Acid 94. I also don't think the Flare 94 will do the job any better.

On the new boards, the EVO 100 would do the job, despite being a bit wide. There is a lot of control built into the shape.

But looking at older boards, I suggest you approach at least the 05 model year and look at the Kombats. The First year (K105) had soft rails and a rather curvy rocker. Many heavier people like it in waves, but it is not an early planing machine. The 10+ extra liters should keep you much better afloat though and that usually measn getting onto waves far easier. The following years models (K106, K107) have faster rocker and rails, but they share these with the Pure Acid wave boards from the same years, so they are definitely still wave worthy by any standards. If you want something bigger but similar in feel to the A94 you have, I think Kombats from 06 and forwards are the best bet so if you can find such a board at a good price, I think you will be set.
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Old 31st March 2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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I agree the Kombats from 06 onwards would fit the bill, but you don't really say what sail sizes you are using most often at this spot? Another board I would look into also is the Exocet cross. Heavier wave sailors rave about this board (94L 106L 118L)
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Old 31st March 2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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sorry, on reading your post again, the Exocet cross is not really an older board, so prob quite expensive in comparison.
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Old 1st April 2008, 04:02 AM   #5
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Width might not be such a bad thing. The exocet cross 118 that everyone raves about is 70 cm wide.

Have you tried the starboard Aero yet? It I rode the Aero 117 in choppy waters and it was well behaved and turned like a waveboard despite it's width. Seems like the ideal waveboard for a super heavy guy. Sicne they haven't made them in a couple years, you might be able to find one cheap.
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Old 1st April 2008, 04:56 AM   #6
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Yeah the AE 117/127 are fantastic boards in wavy conditions. The KAE was not popular,
The new Kombat 114/122 should be very good and with more original Aero wave ability.
Haven’t tried one yet and I don’t sell my AE 127 before I find something better.

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