The windier the better basically. At speed and with power in your wing, the Phazer handles touchdowns really well. It’s in the lighter winds that perhaps the flatter deck and reduced bow rocker under the nose (in particular when compared to the F-One Rocket) the Phazer is a bit more tricky, but not impossible by any means once you’re used to it.
At speed however, and with power in your wing, especially with the board canted over a bit in your natural riding position, the Phazer deflects water thanks to its pulled in nose and chined rails very well. Also, if you touch down after a tack for example the smaller tail also helped me rescue a couple of submerged board situations in straps, powering the wing up and loading up my front foot, pressing against the reassuring resilience of the volume under my front foot.
This is the first time I’ve ridden a board that has less litres of volume than my kilo body weight, and there’s no doubt in lighter wind that you are relying heavily on pumping your wing to come up onto the plane. It’s harder work and you need to be on your game with pumping your feet, too. I have to say though that the Phazer’s ability to create forward momentum with any sort of wind in your wing and the way it then immediately stabilises under front foot pressure, gives you a good chance of success.