Hi Fanatic team,
three weeks North Sea island are gone much too fast, but i had some nice days with sails between 3,7 and 4,7 on my small board (1,83m / 68kg)
Under these conditions I could compare my 2018 grip 68 directly against a competitors 2020 custom quad 74 and I was surprised about the better wavering potential, speed and control down the line of the grip and snappier cut backs. But for me the most important difference is the trust in initiating a jibe under overpowered conditions with 3,7sqm in waves 1,5 to 2m, which are due to the wind not clean.
- for the mainland I own a 2020 grip 75 as a one board solution for everything which does not give this same trust under comparable conditions, e.g. in Wijk aan Zee with 2m waves. Is there a shape related reason or is this board for me just too big / wide / thick for these conditions?
- How much of this difference is related to width/volume and how much to shape details?
- what is actually the difference between 68 grip 2018 and 68 grip 2020. Or is there no difference at all?
The only advantage of the bigger board I see right now is the way it floats, if the wind is much below planing and I have to find a way out against the waves.
Also i am thinking of replacing the Fanatic freewave85 with a mamba78 ( maybe next year). Any thoughts about this idea?
I have a 102 l Freemove board for light wind (6.2sqm and 7.0) which turns reasonably well in triffin setup 10/21 and 10/23
Looking forward for your answers.