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Old 3rd July 2014, 06:23 PM   #1
mark h
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Default PWA rules need up dating

I'm a big fan of all the PWA events, especially slalom. But more than often, events are spoilt by light winds at great cost to the sailors, event hosts and manufactures/sponsors. Why does this continue when we already have XXL slalom boards almost ready to go (US147 etc).

Maybe it is time for the PWA to update the max board width rules. Turkmenistan and several other events have produced very lights winds. In the current climate, the PWA have have events where ever they can, this includes super light wind venues like Turkmenistan, Korea etc, so why not have boards which work in these conditions, instead of send sailors half way round the world just sit on a beach playing cards and hoping for wind!

With so much money invested in each event by various parties, it must make sense I increase the board with allowed to 90x cm. these would enable racing to commence within the current wind minimum rules. The PWA sailors voted for the new wind minimum rules, but most of the male riders really struggle to even get going in 7k winds. Even when they do get going, they look very underpowered.

several board manufactures already have a 90x cm wide slalom board, SB ultra sonic, Fanatic falcon 152, tabua and RRD etc. these boards can easily be tweaked for extra performance. They do not need full formula type boards, just "one size up" slalom boards.
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