Sorry for the delay. I have now ridden the Transport a handful of times. Riding strapless in open sea (non-breaking) waves.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I didn't feel the significant improvement (compared to my old Airush Converse) that I was hoping for. Guess I was looking for better light wind, upwind and overall handling. The board has more float, so I guess that makes it a bit more difficult to edge and control in high wind.
Since nobody seems interested in buying my old Airush, I might try them side-by-side some day.
I don't mean to sound too negative. It's a nice board. Probably has better light wind. Just not the big "wow" I was hoping for.
I have not gotten a chance to ride the other two boards. Since I ride strapless, I ruled out the Sector.
PS. Frank, I read your helpful in comments in another thread before buying.
I just re-read this thread now.
And noticed that you wanted to ride the freeraceboards strapless ???
I just thought you wanted to note that you normally ride strapless on waveboards, and certainly not that you were going strapless on these boards
As IMO it makes absolutely no sense to ride the raceboard or freeraceboard strapless
You will almost not gain anything in low end at all without straps, and the downsides are HUGE with these boards, compared to something a little more "wavelike" but big sized/wide and flat rocker.
Whereas with straps, you can go in way less wind than strapless, and way more upwind, in marginal conditions
It is the whole point with these boards - that you can ride them with "light" tail for getting going (lifting with your rear foot) and pushing on the fins when full speed over chop/waves
Sorry for my misunderstanding - it is just so far away to ride these raceboards strapless, that it never crossed my mind you wanted to do that on the boards
They will feel stiff and odd and no "good feeling"....
Possible yes - but IMO way more fun and awesome feel on a big flat/fast fish waveboard or similar
Even when riding waves with these boards - I find strapped is much better and almost a "must" because you have to push the flat wide tail very very different than a waveboard in the cutback.
And not being able to jump in light wind, takes a huge part of the pleasure and fun away IMO.
Whereas strapless is just perfect on a fish waveboard f.ex, or any waveboard
PS: Please dont "lynch" me for saying above - as I've read about 1 or 2 using these strapless.
It is just, you only use a fraction of what these specific boards are capable of - if no straps are used
No advantages at all strapless, like on waveboards...
And other boards feel much better strapless, and much "smoother" because of better more fluid/softer edges .