mattthieu wrote:i was wondering, how about using an old ( and cheap ) wind surf board as light wind board.
Has anyone tried to build a well and install a daggerboard to give the board lateral resistance
Biggest problem as explained is "the float" of such boards and lack of efficiency in low winds....
....when use for the purpose of kitesurfing...because of wimpy back fin(s)
I remember my first "one design windsurfer" in 1976....(it had a wimpy fin)
Going upwind with dagger board down and on beam reach positioned half way up
My favorite thing to do was to take it out all the way on a broad reach in medium to higher winds
I would just put it over my shoulder with the help of the daggerboard strap
The water would "jet" right out of the daggerboard well like a geyser !!
What a sight it was and a rush
So why not have LW directional kitesurfboards
Already you have foilboards that draw 3 ft++ below the surfboard..and it is not retractable
Has anyone tried that approach yet
.....this may be the "next" big thing https://www.google.com/search?q=windsur ... 80&bih=949
(Flysurfer has that concept already on the heelside rail of twin tip