I have not ridden the new (2014) Spleene Zones...but I want to...hehe
Someone must have tried this Zone/Foil combo by now??? so please give us a report!! It would be nice to have a board that rides so well with or without a foil.
This past season I picked up foilboarding...(after 14 years of kiteboarding it was at first quite a challenge... 60 y/o and overweight... Lol)
Well, maybe by luck or not I ended up on a carrafino.... But already after few season the stock carrafino board started to desintegrate..... First I was thinking of repairing the board, but then a friend of mine told me to go to my kite storage and look around among all my old boards...
We decided to use an old spleene zone.... Just drilled 4 holes and voila...
It is for me much better than the stock board... Even in lite wind .... Waterstarting works like a charm...
As Rainer mentioned: when you waterstart the board just sinks down into the water a bit and therefore it is much easier to get up!
for many reasons I don't like foot straps or hooks... But at first the little mushroom (flip-flop technique di facilitated waterstarting and staying up on the board a lot.
A few weeks later I notice that the screws had indented a bit on the relatively soft sandwich surfboard... So I simply added a big aluminum plate to distribute the forces better on the board.
Well, with this board and foil I was so happy, that I will soon upgrade to a new zone 5.3 and hopefully the already made inserts will let me allow to use a Levitaz foil.
I will let you know about this combo....