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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 3:05 am 
Hi all, I am locking to buy my first board. Any sugestion abour the size?
My data are : 60K, 135pound for 174cm 5"7
I had already bought a fuel 10m.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 12:00 pm 
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Go for a not too small/thin one.
Around 1,75 will be fine.

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Hey. The good thing about kitesurfing is you learn really fast. So you out grow the bigger boards fast. You are pretty light so I would say something between 4'10 and 5'6
depending on how quick you improve. Don't buy it right away. Borrow or rent a bigger board for your first 3 or 4 tries with the board ( once you are good at bodydragging ). Once you get up and going pretty far on the big board, start trying smaller ones. Reading what I just wrote it sounds kinna confusing... Borrow something for a few tries see how you feel. Remember you will outgrow your board quicker than your kite and once you work out how to stay upwind you could sail on anything.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 3:29 pm 
DIRECCTIONAL!!!


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My first board is takoon curver 184 , i couldnt use it on the water yet but it is best for you to buy a big board to start .. My friends bought a Naish X2 and a naish bidirectional board 165 cm .. they are having difficulties while riding the board because it is too small for a beginner .. :sad:


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I wouldn't say generally that a bigger board is easier riding. It always depends on the board and its shape. You can ride on a 144 for your first time without any probs, but maybe have a nightmare with an 185.
Just had this situation 2 weeks ago.
A girl was riding a thicker 170 board (can't remember the brand). It didn't look nice and relaxed when she was on it.
Then I gave her my 144 to test it and she had absolutely no probs and had a great time.

So don't judge by size, judge by each model.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 9:31 pm 
What do you kiter think about the slingshot zepplin for a first board ? I find one demo for 550 US$, some friends told me that is too much radical for a first board. I had try once with a big directional and I was able to stand on it without too much difficulties ( in the other direction an other stories) Thank for the tips.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 10:06 pm 
i started on a stonker tt180 and found that to be a really good board i the progressed to the smaller shark 170/150 which i found to be really good. try dropping mail to kitedude@kitedemon.com they sorted me out, good look


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2002 10:41 pm 
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The Zeppelin is really small. So small that you probably will be buying a little bit bigger=wider board later on. Or at least will be getting a 2-board-quiver.

The Drake could be your 1-board-quiver.

And I agree, that it's best to buy a cheap bigger board for your first few sessions.

PS I'm riding a Drake and so are 2 other kitemates. I weight about the same as you do.

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I use a 6ft (180cm) underground directionial. I also started off on this board.... had no probs whatsoever. Was up and going in the first few attempts.

I was using a 6m C Quad which is equivilant in projected size to a 12m inflatable kite. But I'm 75kgs so the heavier weight would cancel out the difference in kite size.

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