So, the Z-series. My goodness, it's a great board . . . except . . . when I'm over-powered and want to edge hard and boost. I know there's technique to it, cos I've managed to adapt to riding it and eliminated spray in the face and being unable to go upwind well, but when it's really cranking I just can't get the resistance I need.
I put it down to the narrow tips - they're 30cm, compared to the 42cm of the waist.
So now I'm looking for boards that are wide and the tips and put the fins close to or behind the edge of the heels . . . meh, I know what I mean. My beloved Flyradical3 138x42 was shaped like a mini-door, while the Flyradical4 seems to be thinner than the old one
put me off . . .
Slingshot is the only company I've seen that lists the tip widths of their boards - 37cm for the 139x43 Darko IIRC. Hmm . . .
Very interested in a 2013 Cabrinha Xcaliber though . . . took it out VERY briefly the other day, but instantly it was like "Oh yes I LIKE this one!" and the tips seem wide and square, around 35cm for the 139x43.
Le sigh . . . and now, colour is no longer a factor