I remember when I just started windsurfing in Florida, riding only boards 130L+, looking at the iWindsurf classifieds and thinking "who the hell uses all these little boards?" In Florida, you don't get a lot of chances to sail a board under 100 liters, so many people don't even own one. I figured out where all those little boards were from: California.
Yesterday I sailed at Candlestick on an 86 liter Fanatic Freewave that was lent to me by Sunset Sailboards, and a 4.1m sail that I borrowed from Hansen Sails. The gusts that were over 30 felt a little overpowered, but overall it was a good combination for me. The board felt totally great and in control. Would have been tough for me to have fun on the 104 today. The Hansen sails are pretty cool and unique. Instead of adding floppiness to the leech in order to make the sail handle gusts, they've sewn in some stretchy neoprene. When I rigged the sail, it looked way too full, but on the water I had no issues with the gusts. It works!
Famous vet Jason Voss was there ripping it up. He was a really cool guy...
On the plus side for me, I actually stayed dry on half-a-dozen jibes, so I guess I'm starting to get a little more relaxed with the conditions out here. It's a really freaking windy place!