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Old 8th March 2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hi there,

i am going to buy a new board for the upcoming summer but i have some questions on what volume is the best for me.

Im 1.92m and weigh in at about 95kilo's(209lbs). Mostly i freeride on flat water in about 15 to 20 knot winds, and with 5.4/6.0 /6.8 sails

Im an intermediate surfer currently practicing my waterstarts and planing jibe, but improving fast. Im going to buy myself a futura board.

I was thinking bout something around the 140L but honestly i really dont have that much of a clue why. It seems to be a nice big and especially stable board without compromising to much manouvrability. Is there any way you can give me more reason and background to make my choice easier.

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Old 9th March 2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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hi sem,
i am happy to tell you that my father and i are EXACTLY in the same conditions as you are: i am 190cm, 75 kilos and my dad is 192cm, 95 kilos. we also both freeride on flat water (at most in choppy conditions) with 15-28 knots of wind, with 5.0, 6.2. i also am an intermediate windsurfer, have just learned to waterstart and now moving onto planing jibes.
i would advise you to get a 115-130 lt board because a 140 lt board is much too big for the sails you have. also, this is what my windsurf seller told be therefore it would be a good idea for you as well.
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Old 10th March 2011, 02:46 AM   #3
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For 15-20 knts your sails are a bit on the small side. In wind that light I don't ever see you using the 5.4 & rarely the 6.0. The 6.8 will be your go to sail and even that sail will often be too small without pumping. I think your options are 133 or 141. The 133 would require you to be more active to get planing but both boards would prefer a bigger sail which is what you would need for wind that light.

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Old 10th March 2011, 05:42 AM   #4
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95 kilos and 15 to 20 knot winds ??

for me 12 to 15 knots on a 160 board with a 10-oh
16 to 20 knots is 8.5 weather and hope to do that on a 124 liter this summer

so, like coachg says - unless true solid 20 knot winds, your sails are too small

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Old 18th March 2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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Hi Sem,

I am almost the same weight as you are (98kg) and 1.95m. I have a Futura 133 (2010) and with the windrange you describe I use a 9,0 m2 North RAM. This is perfect for these wind conditions, If it goes up I take a 7,0 RAM and it depends on the conditions I even go down in board size to the Futura 111.

I hope this Helps,

best regards

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Old 19th March 2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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As others already pointed out, if you at 95 kg actually are planing with a 5.4 then there is a bit more wind than 20 knots.

This may be a good reference: http://videojibe.com/featured/windsu...ze-calculator/

For sails that small, max 6.8, you should really look at a considerably smaller (narrower) board. No bigger than 130 liters, which is still uphaulable. With those smaller sails I also think it would make sense to look at the Carve range rather than the Futura. A Carve 131 maybe?
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Old 20th March 2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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Hi Sem,
I am from Italy and I have learned windsurfing on my own and of course it took a long time. The best gift you can do to yourself is to have more windsurfing classes in a school which has a lot of boards and sails so that you get your own idea. By the way in my opinion you have the right quiver of sails to learn windsurfing and they match with the wind you are mentioning. Especially the 6 mq is the one with which you will close the first jibes. You did not mention why you want a new board. Do you have a board now? Because if you do, then I would stick with it till you are comfortably planing with your feet in the straps. Also you may consider to buy a second board, in a smaller size. It's very nice to have two boards on the spot. If while sailing you feel you have chosen a sail too big you can swap board to the smaller one and sail a better match. So let's say you have a 140 board now then I would go for a 120 ... but I would not get an expensive new one yet, you want to use it to the death, bump & crash and soon you are going to be good and you'll choose the best board for your style, spot conditions and personal taste...
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