my name is Oliver, 46 yrs, 173 cm and 66 kg, surfing since 5 yrs, comfortable in the outer-position foot straps, pretty good with water starts and managing the planing gybes ok (only few times where I fall into the water, planing-through-the-gybe rate of about 25%-30%). Quiver is Fanatic Gecko Ltd. 2018, e-type 6.6 and 5.4
I am from Hamburg (Germany) and my (current) "home" spot is Wulfener Hals on Fehmarn, mostly flat, in strong winds some chop, but in general well protected from the Baltic sea by headlands.
I am now searching for a smaller board for higher winds, further progress in general and to also prepare myself for first steps into wave riding (in terms of decreasing width when comparing boards of equal volume; not necessarily spending any time in waves, at least not for some time as I have a small child, lucky if I find time to surf at my well known home spot)
I assume the choice is between Blast and Freewave. Which board and volume would you go for? Which sails size and type (Freeride vs. Freemove) would work best?
And sorry to ask (I know there have been a lot of similar questions in this forum): The advantage in control/speed from the Blast vs. the Gecko results from the Blast's less width at equal volume compared to the Gecko, and thereby less friction / more speed and less area for the wind to lift the nose of the board?
Looking forward to your highly valued opinion and input.
And of course: Merry X-Mas to you and your families!!!
Best regards and many thanks