Do-it wrote:Speed = lift
Agreed but the ability to edge at the highest speed possible translates this into lift.
Hence board design given same ability rider, in same water conditions, in same wind speed and type, on the same/similar kite... is important.
given this bloke is the same vintage as me (17 years) then we can assume he doesn't need a lesson in edging and kite technique, nor the basics behind speed and lift.
The last variable for a very experienced rider is his gear, because he is someone that could make the small differences in a board worthwhile (most it doesn't matter shit cause they will never maximise the performance characteristics of the board anyhow).
So given my hypothesis I would look at..
2014 Team series (mine) or the 2015-2017 Jaime pro (essentially the same board), Naish monarch, Axis Limited, Xenon Laluz (softer not as good but a good play if you don't like channels), Nobile NHP (especially if you need that extra rocker cause of the damn chop), given these are the ones I've specifically ridden and found best to hold a massive edge at a kites top end and still offer some flex in choppy conditions...which is where you need to be with big air. It's no secret, ya wanna go big, you got to be very powered to the point most would be two kites sizes smaller on any given day.
For example just recently my 110kg mate was on a 8m nitro nicely powered and I, at 80kg was on a 10m rebel. 25-30 going big off head high waves with lead in ramps.
It's not rocket science.
Biggest kite you can handle and yet hold an adequate edge.
if the kites not cavetating, you are NOT overpowered for big air. But you need a board that can edge (at maximum speed) against the sent kite to maximise, then release line load.