frez wrote:Yep...I can do 20 feet in 12 knots on a Speed 2 19 using a Nobile 555 134. I weigh 80 kg.
In 13/14 knots with the right technique you can boost high enough to shit your boardshorts and the hang time is unfuckingbelieveable.
Uhuh... calling BS on that one. In 12? 10ft max, in a good gust., more like 6-8.
Back to topic:
I've ridden the 14era, 14 thruster, 15 waroo, 15 hyper, etc, also.
The 15 hyper and the 14 era were the best jumpers, but the 14 era wins in stability over the hyper but the hyper goes up wind significantly better (this is all because of the bridle design I believe)... The thruster fluttered a bit but jumped ok, not bad but certainly not what is hyped constantly. No higher than my 12 waroo on that day. Not bad but nothing new.
I have video of Scott jumping on the 15 hyper and the 14 thruster back to back and based on that I would choose the hyper (or era in this case). I can't afford one right now so I'm waiting until I can get one used.
There is opinion based on hype, opinion based on experience, and opinion based around inexperience. The challenge is to identify each.