Re: Kona 10'5"
OK got the 10'5" and just came in from my second sail, both times with my 7.0SF (just can't quite break the habit of trying to sail powered up!). Much much better tonight, stopped trying to sail it like an Evo and started to get into the longboard mentality. Very average one or two foot waves which were actually great fun and just as easy to ride backside or frontside. The glide really shows in getting planing, going out, on and off the plane felt a little weird, like the duck tail was catching and slowing it down but coming in down the slightest swell it was straight onto the plane. I'm sure it's just a matter of more time to get the hang of it though. Effortless to gybe, step back to slash it around or smooth big planing gybe, so cool sailing in with 4' of board out of the water. I've SUP'd it a couple of times too, to me it feels about as wobbly as the 12'2" Starboard but I've done heaps more since I paddled that so it's hard to say, at 70kg it's do-able as a SUP but I haven't tried it in waves yet, only bay chop (except to surf shore break which was stupid easy!). It's certainly not relaxing to SUP but very easy for the kids to paddle and a good challenge after the 12'6" Starboard. After the first sail I thought I'd made a mistake and should have got the 9'8" Starboard but now I think it will be a fantastic and responsive light wind board - there is no way I would have had as much fun tonight on anything else I have, just have this feeling I don't look anything like Patrice on the cutback, oh well as least I have something to visualise! - all I need to do now is convince WARDOG to ship me 12" and 10" weed fins to OZ, I've got a feeling they would make a huge difference.