Dirk wrote: have a Global 2012 5.5 which is 44cm wide and very compact. No problem riding that with a 5m kite (75kg) in stormy conditions. The 2013 5.5. is 43 cm and should also be good.
I also have the 5.8. 2013 Global which is 45cm and easy to control at speed.
Dirk I got your advice before...I was inquiring about a 2011 Naish Global 5'4 that ended up getting sold. I missed out on that one, but perhaps it was a bit on the small side anyhow.
It's the season again and I too am looking for a high wind surfboard to compliment my 19.5" wide Airush Cypher. It's a great board and can ride it in 30 plus but I've got to keep it sloooow. It's also a bit bouncy in chop as you'd expect.
Someone said the 012 and newer Globals ride a little harder in chop. Dirk you're one of the resident Global experts
what's your experience?
Also came across an 2011 Global in a 6'. Is this too big as a high wind (chop eating) board for someone my size 72 kg?
The Naish Gun looks interesting as a high wind board. They're quite a few on closeout to be had. Can anyone weigh in on this model?
Also found a 013 North Kontact 5'9...Heard they are kind of small for anyone but real light weights and consistent high winds ??