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Old 19th February 2010, 05:32 AM   #1
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I just bought a Starboard Rio M 195 and I don't know what sail I should use.
I am 1.95 meters and 100 kilo.
Should I take 5m2, 6m2, 7m2, 8m2, 9m2
With or without cams?
I don't want to sail only with strong winds.
I have not surfed for 15 years and want to start again.
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Old 20th February 2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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i also am 100 kilos
on my older longboard my biggest sail was 7.0
i never tried a RIO, but i imagine it can rock/plane well
once on a bigger short board for my weight in lighter winds i went with an 8.5 non-cambered sail - this was the biggest no cam sail from my preferred sail company MS - there are others that make a 9.0 no cam like SW retro.

i have even tried an 11.0, but that is heavy
8.5 is great in 20-40 kph winds and i am actually buying a 10.0
people use this up to 20 knots on formula boards
it is NOT like 15 years ago
so, depends on your budget and strength
tough guy with patience - go for 8.5 to 9.0 (cam or no cam is your choice)
really out of practice and less patience - want to lend it, etc - go for 7.0 or 7.5
joe windsurfer @ 105 kg
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