stvandev wrote:So a little on the fence about what to get. Looking for something to ride in light wind and do some racing. At this point not sure how much racing. Would prefer to have something that is easy to handle but still fast. Anyone have experience with these? Also, any idea of ship dates for the Airush or the 2012 Venturi? I'm 6'3" and 200 lbs if that makes a difference. Thanks.
Hey, so there are different considerations.
First it is flotation. A board that has volume will get you going and have you continue in light winds.
Second I'd say is fin size. Bigger fins are a little "harder" to ride in the beginning, but will provide better low end as you get better..the drive on the fins helps you generate apparent wind. You do not want to ride a raceboard on a rail. Many times it has been explained as trying to ride the leeward rail. Push with your toes.
Third is the number of fins. Well most ride thrusters as they are a better compromise between drive and control. I've only barely tried a quad, so I'm actually just referring to what people like Rista and Aguera has said. Quads are tracking going fast unless the fins are small.
Finally width will give you stability and the board will sit tighter on the water.
There are ton of other considerations, but the main ones.
I've ridden the small and middle naish boards quite a lot, and the middle one is a lot easier to ride flat, but the small with small fins are easier to start out on. At your weight you might want to consider getting the wider board.
A wider board will also be more stable and it has more volume. The max width for competition is 70 cm, so most brands will develop that spec.
I do not know much about the Airush board.
Last I heard of Naish boards are they should be in a few weeks to month. I dunno tho.
Key for racing is to get your buddy to get one too, and challenge each other. It is a ton of fun. We race for beer, and then you can feed off each other and learn new techniques.
Gotwind: Do you guys race on Kauai?