Typically over 80% of my summer outings are on longboards and 8.x sails. This means 20 kph and less = definitely LIGHT wind.
So, what makes up "light wind sailing" - for me ?
1) Early Planing
2) Formula and Longboards
3) Fanatic Ultra Cat aka FUC board <-- longboard
4) Mistral Equipe I LCS-XR aka MEQ board <--longboard
5) BIC Techo Formula aka BTF board <--BIG WIDE freeride / Free Formula
6) JP SLW vs SB US <-- BIG WIDE freeride / Free Formula
7) MY JP SuperLightWind aka SLW92
8) Sailboard-Hydrofoiling.html - added in 2017 - starting to be HOT subject
I know there are other GREAT boards like Tinho Dornellas' Z2, SB Phantoms, RS D2, DIV 2, etc.
However, I speak here from MY experience...
I DO like to plane - otherwise I would have remained a longboarder - MUCH cheaper. However, I want to try and use my lightwind skills or lack thereof to move forward on the lighter and faster stuff. Unfortunately , with my heavyweight carcass, I actually need about 12 knots of wind with a BIG sail to plane - I am just now considering active pumping - after having acquired a JP SLW92 ...
Lately (2016) I have been criticized for my footstrap phobia. It has been said that the footstraps not only help with speed and control, but ALSO with early planing. Once more confident with this, will do updates here ...
If you have comments or ideas on this subject - THEY are WELCOME.
All advertising WILL be deleted though.
Thanks and hope you find something you like ...