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Best High Wind Freestyle Wave board for a heavier guy?
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KevinL wrote:
From another 200 pounder - dont go with less than 90 litres...


I weigh 190 and my first board size choice in solid 5.0 winds is 65 liters. 90 liters is huge and cumbersome to me ... a last resort if the wind is horrible and the slog very long. That's why I asked the questions I did, and why a valid answer depends on answers to those and other questions.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 1:59 pm    Post subject: open ocean Reply with quote

Open Ocean Wide Ride 90-100L custom.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the board you are looking for says:

Tabou 3S......probably 97L

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

90-100 liters, or 97 liters, for aerial tricks in steady 30-kt side-onshore winds? Sounds gigantic to me for anyone under 260-300 pounds.

<85 liters for cruising in holey offshore winds @ 15-25 kts with big holes and a windline half a mile out? Sounds risky to me for a 130-pounder.

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stuebing



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:57 am    Post subject: what sized board for 220 lbs + Reply with quote

I am very LONG time (since 1983) Gorge sailor weighing 230
pounds. I really love Mike's Labs boards, especially the
2002-ish vintage where the mast track can go further forward.
I have a 110 liter that I use even in in 4.1 meter conditions
if it is real gusty, the board can really handle big winds!
I had a 99 liter Mike's Labs as well which was my favorite until I broke
it (nearly) in half at Swell City going too fast and jumping
too high last September. I agree 10 liters is a good spread.
Of course Mike's Labs are made in your neck of the woods.

As rarely as I find steady sub 4 meter conditions even in the Gorge,
I find older, gunner, more stable boards around 80 liters
are good enough and even excel in the boat speed department.

Carl S
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