Apologies if this has been asked many times already...I'm an intermediate kiter, started with TTs but for the the past 2 months I've been hooked to strapless on a 20 year old battered surfboard and love strapless riding
So I'm looking to purchase my first kitesurf specific directional board.
The trouble is there's an overwhelming choice of directionals, even more than TTs... I know it's always best to demo and see what I like, which I will try once I have a shortlist.
I'm 82Kgs and like to ride in flat water/chop/small swell with a view to progressing to wave kiting in the next year. No jumping or tricks at this stage, I've never been a surfer and still need to completely nail the transitions on a directional & be totally confident before progressing to small/medium waves. I have 9, 11, 13 & 18m kites.
The Shinnster looks like a fun board and I was wondering whether that would be a good board before getting a proper wave surfboard in the future ? Another thing is that the Shinnster at 160cm is relatively smaller than a SB which is better for travelling and tougher than a SB (planning on a world trip next year). It's not just a light wind specific board is it ?
Firewire Vader/Vanguards seem to be popular boards as well, I have no idea what size I'm looking at though.
Any tips appreciated ! Cheers.