Manuel V wrote:I'm 72 kg (159 lbs) and want to buy a V3 sector my first option is the 54 to use it as light wind board and when the wind goes up a little use the board for more fun like carving, speed, etc etc.. I have 10M and 14M lithium kites.
I know that low end to go upwind depends on each rider technique but based on your experience with the 14M how much knots I need to goes upwind on the 54 board? 8-10 knots would be ok?
Now I have a north nugget and I can't go upwind at 8-10 knots.
I think that your stipulation of going upwind as your primary concern may be of issue on the 54 with the three carver fins supplied. Certainly the board is the most impressive freerace board I have used when it comes to higher wind carving, control and and speed, but for dedicated lightwind bragging rights it will not go as early as you would want. The solution would be to get a 4 fin setup for it. The board does not carve as well on 4 fins, or feel as fast through the water, but it will point upwind and drive in much lighter winds, and with your lighter weight I'd think it would not be far off the performance of a 10kg+ rider on the 60.
Manuel V wrote:If instead of the 54 I buy the V3 60 probably it would be more harder to carve or make transtitions when is 15-18 knots (using the 10M)?
This I honestly do not know - the 60 arrives in the UK next week and as soon as I can I will try the other two sizes, but for now I can only offer a comparison to the V2. There is also the added options of the different fin types and placements which has a big effect on the board, so it's a lot more complicated than it was last year.. ie..
is a 60V3 with carver fins in better than a 54 with 4 fins in? It will be interesting, but these are answers I will have to find for the UK market, as I think they will be asked a lot in the coming season. [/quote]
Manuel V wrote:My concern on buy a 60 is that I really don't want to buy a board to mainly use it to go back and forward when the wind is low and them when the wind is 15+ knots the board would be to much for my weight.
That's true, and while I would say that for your weight the 54 would be my recommendation (it pays to be lighter in kiteboarding) I read further in the post that you have a 5'8" choptop. The choptop is a VERY good surfboard for upwind and early planing as well as straight line stability, so for higher wind carving you'll have a choice.. and if there is enough wind to take the CT 5'8, I'd be tempted onto that pretty early as it is a VERY good board.
Manuel V wrote:I also see the choptop 5'8" as a plan B.
At 71kg, with the 14 and a sector 60 you would be the first to get going, and still enjoy very good handling - The 60 is a lot of fun still and the 14m you have is also very fast and forward turns extremely well... It is my tested and favourite light wind setup...
with your 5'8 choppie as the next board down, I'd say it was a very good gap to have, so my instinct is to say go 60 and then drop to CT.
If you were buying one board on it's own then 54 and 2 fin setups..
hope that helps,