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Fall 2015 is HERE

We have had an unseasonably WARM September in 2015. It felt like the BEST weekend was Labour Day weekend with temperatures over 30 degrees C !! Why just 3 days ago, on the 26th I went on the local river becuz it was so beautiful out - was in bathing suit, etc. Today, it is 10 degrees C with winds from the NE varying between 12 and 22 knots and an overcast sky.

People seemed VERY anxious to get out as per quebecwind windsurf forum ...  Chantal said she was out on a 4.0 m² sail with her 115 pounds. I joked saying with my 230 pounds I would still need an 8-oh. Others said they were out on 5.x sized sails.

When I got there around noon, the parking lot was FULL:

That is one half of the lot and the other half was just as full with people coming down the path from the residential area behind.

There were about 2-3 windsurfers and about a dozen kiters:

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One kiter confirmed they were rigging 9 to 10 m² "sails"/kites. Typically I divide this in two (2) to see what one might use on a windsurfer ... Georges says this is NOT a good formula, but works for me - so far ... With my weight I often divide by two and then add one or so meters ...

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 Checked back on the forum when i got back to the office and Georges was leaving in the p.m. GOOD LUCK parking buddy !! When he got there - there was NO more wind !!

Based on the charts from Luc Marinier's weather station on Ile Bizard, winds were still good in the afternoon !!

Hurricane Joaquin / Joachim is making his presence felt and there is a system off the east coast of Canada as well.,36.67,790

This weekend they are predicting winds between 40 and 50 knots at Cape Hatteras !!!

The times - they are a changin' !!


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StarBoard iSonic 117W

In 2015 I had NO intention of purchasing a StarBoard iSonic 117 Wide. However, there was one for sale and not too $$$ locally available. Was thinking more along the lines of SB Futura 133 or JP SuperSport 136 ... In any case, I put my 2007 AHD FastForward for sale and within one hour it was practically sold and within two(2) more - sold and picked up !!!

With this and some left over money from another board, I could shop the end of season sales ... There was another SB iS 117W for sale out of Quebec City, but it was NOT much cheaper and a little beat up ... This one is almost like new ...

The straps came in that little bag and the board comes with NO fin ...
Board is rated by SB as 7.0-9.0 m² sail compatible ...
Benoit says he went to the AHD SL-2 for the 9-oh sail, but the iS board handles all the way down to about 6.2 with NO problem...
In terms of fins .. SB recommends a Drake Race 46 cm fin with a range of 40-48 cm fins. Kevin Pritchard has stated that he ALWAYS uses a 47 cm fin on this board...
The board has a OFO of 52.8 and as such can handle even bigger fins ...
Benoit has run it with 56 cm fins and that is what I will need to start with ...

The ONLY blemishes that are visible on the board are as follows:

The cutout was covered with a red Sharpie marker and hope it fades to same colour and filled foot pad blemish with some white silicone ... looks good in the hood now ...

A new 2015 carbon SB iSonic costs about $3000 and they now make them as 120 liter. This one is supposed to be 2012 and went through two(2) previous owners - one retired gentlemen who returned it quickly. Another fellow from further down on the South Shore, Philippe ?, who felt he needed no more than 72 cm wide. Benoit was selling it cuz he wanted more of a light wind weapon that worked with his 9.0 m² sail. He went with an AHD SL-2 125. He had previously owned an AHD SL-1 140 and loved it... That was where he started with slalom ... So, people still like the AHDs !!! Not just the FastForwards !! Now auventfou is going with Tabou products and we will see how long AHD stays there ...

This iSonics seem to have been around since 2006. Around 2011 the 117 liter versions made their appearance. It is not until 2015 that StarBoard goes to 120 liters, but with the same 228x81 dimensions. So this model was around for about four(4) years ...

Some videos:

Starboard iSonic 117 Wide from WINDSURFING magazine on Vimeo.

This review summarizes the board and gives it top marks:

My buddy Geoff put a custom nose protector on his board:

When I received the board, I told Benoit that I felt like a kid who just bought a Ferrari, but does not know how to drive yet. This board will push my technique - no choice !!

Now all I need is some wind to test it out !!

While waiting, I took a good look at the board :-)
It is obviously VERY light - quoted at 6.4 kilos = 14 pounds (light as a feather)
and still stiff and solid !!
it has a very thin and wide nose - and low rocker
has a scooped out deck - markings say to move boom up 2 to 4 cm
with thick rails at the back
it is VERY short @ ONLY 228 cm it is the shortest board I ever had or sailed ..
thus board's centre of gravity is further back - means NO standard uphaul on this baby
cutouts have two different layers

2016 cutouts seem even more "complex"

These are StarBoard - Remi Vila's suggestions:

This is the basic set up for iSonic 117 that we test with riders from 65 to 100 kgs :
Foot Straps : Totally in the back position for the back one and middle for the front one or back if your are not tall.
Mast Base : recommend position or 5mm more back
Boom : Eyes height
Harness Lines : Adjustable one that you can trim between light to strong winds. Minimum length, hand to elbow
Fins : 42 with 7.8 44 with 8.6, 9.2 44/46

About one week later I purchased a used MFC 46 cm tuttle box pointer fin. The fin fits perfectly into the deep tuttle box, but the 80 mm screws I received with the board are just NOT long enough. On SB forum i saw discussion about 90 mm screws (about 3.25 inches) $%^&*( KNEW I shoulda brought the board $%^&* Now I will scramble to try and get screws cuz there is supposed to be wind on Monday - in two days - and shops are starting to have less hours open. WHY do not the hardware stores carry such screws OR fins use standard easily acquired screws %^&*
Looks like an amazing combo though !!

Geoff warned me that the paint is NOT blended into the fin and suggested using a 3M scrub sponge, I sanded it using 180 and then 400 grit, which is a little quicker. Now fin is NOT as pretty, but definitely SMOOTHER #$%^&*()_+

Looks like i purchased George's fin from auventfou :-)

Bruno of 2-rad had / has 90 mm / 9 cm screws at $3 a piece = reasonable and now it is raining drizzling and NO wind. However, there are NE winds announced for almost the rest of the week !!

Looked up what fin/sail combinations people are using with the iSonics. Remi suggests:
iSonic 117 : Deboichet SL4 : 6,5/38 ; 6,8/40 ; 7,2/42 ; 7,5/R16 44 ; 7,8/R16 44 ; 8,3/R16 44 ; 8,5/R16 46 ; 8,8/R16 46 ; 9,0/R16 46
 iSonic 117 Wide : Deboichet SL4 : 6,8/38 ; 6,8/40 ; 7,2/42 ; 7,5/R16 44 ; 7,8/R16 44 ; 8,3/R16 44 ; 8,5/R16 46 ; 8,8/R16 46 ; 9,0/R16 46 ; 9,6/R16 48
So, Remi is saying this board is good from 6.8 to 9.6 !!
and BEST combination ==> iSonic 117W : 8.6/46

Like Geoff said - will probably need three(3) fins - the 46 cm for bigger sails, another for smaller sails and perhaps a weed fin ... Will start with the 46 cm MFC and go from there ...

OKA Labour Day Monday 2015

It is RARE that I will put a post to discuss an outing. Usually cover this in my journal entries. However, today was a special day !!! Winds were to be from the SW at about 30 - 50 kph as promised all week and never deviated from this and if anything just kept getting better !!

So, obviously I brought my 30-50 kph combo which allows for lighter AND stronger winds... AHD FF 160/79, BEE LTD 124/63, HSM SPF 8.5, NS Duke 6.9, HSM Fire 6.3 plus fins 34, 40, 48 cm and Makani Hahalua 48 cm weed fin. Water is low and there are MANY weeds @ La Crète ..

When I arrived at 10h00, I got one of the last six(6) parking spots at the end of the "parking lot". Benoit told me that at the gate he was informed that 100 cars passed between opening at 8h00 and 9h00. The parking lot got so full, that two fellows almost had it out. One called the cops. When the cops arrived and they were pointing in my direction, I told them,"I had nothing to do with it" :-)

The best meter reading was 10 knots for a second or two :-( There was a fellow with a Formula, 70 cm fin and 9.2 sail going NO WHERE :-(
Supposed to get better and so, RIG BIG ...
Kiter came in with his 20 m² sail !!!
I rigged AHD FastForward 160 liter with HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5...
Fellow beside me had a SB Formula 155 with only 85 cm width ...
Marc Cyr was out on his Fanatic Hawk LTD 113 with a Naish 7.8 and later 6.4
Roni was out on his Hawk LTD 150 and Tushingham 8.0...
The wind just kept getting better and better ...
Saw Marc go by with the board in the air and about 2 inches of fin showing !!!
Told him he was FLYING - told me I was not doing so bad either :-)
Still no straps - did i say that out loud :-(
Left at about 16h00 when the wind was picking up even more !!
It was HOT (over 30 degrees C) and I was exhausted.
Drank two(2) bottles of water and I NEVER bring water !!

Here is the graph

and a small video to show how many people there were
when i left there were over thirty cars on the road towards the windsurf/kite area !!!

Here is the video :
(filmed at 2h45 when winds were good as per charts, but light in the video)

Oh yeah I rate ALL my sessions - cannot give it more than an 8.5 outta 10 - winds and conditions were just all over the place :-( But it was still FUN in the SUN !!

sub-note: The tall Guy (pun intended) just got back from three(3) weeks at les Isles de Madeleine !! What a lucky dog (you can say that in English - NOT French)... He says that typically it was 10-20 knots with two(2) days rain and only a few over 25 knots where he sat it out ... Now THAT sounds like a windsurf holiday - although it is kinda far. The trick is to catch the midnight ferry and sleep on the last half of the journey :-)