Here is the rest of the material that started in the previous post.
Eric Kamminga e-mailed me a few days ago to discuss his slalom board quiver. Eric went the whole hog with the new Tabou Mantas and acquired the 85/135, the 71/113 and the 61/98. In my view this is one of the best slalom quivers available today. Eric, who is a hard core GPS sailor, recons that he is happy with the 61 and the 85 regarding the speeds he is able to extract from them. He says that he is battling to achieve similar excellence from the 71. This surprises me because I have witnessed Hennie, one of our local power sailors, reaching phenomenal speeds on his Manta 71 so I have no doubt that the board goes fast. Eric is quite adamant, however, that his middle board needs to be going faster. My first suggestion was that he experiment with fins. If this yields no marked improvement then he should think of looking at Starboard or RRD. I also mentioned to him that he may consider another board which has been in my thoughts lately. This is the Monster 120l from mXr.
The mXr guys have always made good fins but nothing in carbon on their site. Here is their Katana slalom fin in carbon however, so expect this tasty blade to reach dealers soon.
Some of you will have seen pictures of the new Fanatic Formula board. I understand that Dan Aeberli is involved with its development. I wondered how Dan's creativity would manifest itself at Fanatic and this seems to be the start. I suppose that it will not be easy for him to contend with the overpowering presence of Sebastian Wentzel but hopefully they can make things work between them. Two awesome designers. It is good to see Fanatic getting back into formula boards
The width of the board makes Dan look like the world's smallest windsurfer and his cap with pom-pom somehow contributes to the illusion. The source of this picture is ABC News.
On the subject of Fanatic boards, the 2014 Falcon 120l has been narrowed from the 2013 model's 76cm to 74cm next year. This is, in my opinion, a really good move and one which will enhance the performance potential of the Falcon range. I have come to believe that a slightly wider board in the 110-120 liter size is needed and width should be increased from the common 71cm to 73 or 74 cm. Modern hulls are so good now that the advantages of a slightly wider board should exceed any drawbacks. Starboard's 75/110 iSonic started me thinking along these lines. The 75/110 is another board I would really love to ride.
OK, that's it for now. I will discuss the fin material in an upcoming post.