On the dutch is a discussion: Do all racesails & slalomboards match??? No simple answer to that. But I give it a try...

If your weight is 80kg, you are the ideal weight for most combinations!!! And most combinations will work, however some will have a little smaller range.

If your weight is 65kg or even less, you have to carefully choose your combination!
-loose boards: fanatic falcon/older JP slalom/ etc with high lift sails: gaastra vapor/old naish stealth/etc will be hard to ride, only very flat water and small sail/big board will work.
-best solution would be: fanatic falcon '09/tabou manta/starboard speed special etc. with mediocre lift sails: NP RSR/ North warp/etc

If your weight is 100kg or even more, the choise of equipment is also a bit more difficult:
-Sticky boards: Tabou Manta/ Starboard Isonic with Soft sails with low profile: naish stealth/hotsails/etc. Will not or even NEVER take off. Starting planning is hard.
-Better take the fanatic falcon/ JP slalom/etc with mediocre lift sails like Neilpryde RS, or for best low-end even high lift sails like Gaastra Vapor, KA sails

A good test would give a better view. Maybe a idea for a surfmagazine article... Only thing is we need cooperation of a few importers/brands and it is hard to say brand X doesn't work with 90% of its potential buyers... How does this work with 'bad' car reviews???

Erik Loots

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  1. I can confirm this.

    With my +95kg, i'm a heavyweight and I really don't like soft racesails (tested the loftsails and also some severne's).

    For me the NP's are much better/stiffer.

    In the next months I will see if my new ahd (sl1 95) is a good solution for my weight + NP sails.

  2. I realized this fact too 2 years ago. My brother is 100kg, and he didn't liked all my equipment combinations. I didn't like his combinations.

    However I also sail often with Peter de Wit and we have almost never difficulties when changing gear. Weight difference = +-20kg

    Good skills can help when sailing a "not ideal" combination . But for the most of us (including myself) it is very important to have a good combination.

    Ahd + NP sound as a good combination for you Herm!