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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waterlou wrote:
it's cool to ride a really small board

"coolth" is for insecure kids. Smaller boards -- defined by direct comparison to larger boards of the same shape -- simply handle more wind, maneuver better, ride better, and thus go faster for a given comfort level on rough water. I have one board model in five sizes (others in 2 or 3 sizes), and each step makes an OBVIOUS change in those performance factors. The downside is planing power, so wind consistency, among other factors, also matters.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're absolutely right shredbob, at least for those of us with many board options. Normally, I would top off on my OO 8'2" at 5.0, but in the waves it might be a preferred choice over a more freeride or slalom oriented board, hence the stretch to 5.5-5.6 for me.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately had a few runs at Berkeley with a 78 liter high wind slalom board at 49.5 cm wide, with a 6.4 sail. Worked really well! Crawled sub ankles to the windline, planed all the way back to the dock after an hour session.
Nothing like riding a board that jibes much better than the sail.
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