I need to decide weather to go for a 2009 recoil or a 2009 response
About my riding-
I'm a beginner intermediate
I have a sacked out I/O so smallish wake
I also regually ride behind my buddys X2
I don't ride cable as there are none local
I ride on the sea and it can often turn choppy (I have read that of the 2 the response has more flex so it it's a smoother ride in chop.
I need to decide asap because I have to order today.
You cant go wrong with either board! The question is how big of a board do you want or how big are you? Im 6'4 185 and was riding the 142 Recoil but wanted a bigger board so went with a 145 Response and love it. I really cant tell a difference between 3-stage and continuous because the board is constantly flexing to the water.
I dont think it would be "too big" I was kind of in your same boat. I weigh about 215 now but was around 230. I have been down to about 195 before and rode a 144 Wtiness at that time also. I like the bigger boards though. I now have a 142 Recoil that I really like. If you are really worried about it get the smaller size in the response (142), you arent quite as tall as me (I'm 6' 2") so I am a bigger guy anyway. I think you would be happy either way!
220lbs you should be on the 145 for sure. I'm 185lbs and when I jump on a slingy I pick up the 145. I ride a 144 Ibex very comfortably. Don't be scared of a bigger board, the more lift, softer landings, more stability. You'll love it!