gbrungra wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:49 pm
I vote for board length being proportional to (non-gendered) human height, and board width being proportional to weight.
I was just talking to a very light girl about wake boarding, and she was telling me how much of a difference the right board makes. She couldn't get an edge on a normal board.
So tall, lightweight person: longer, narrower board.
Shorter, heavier person: shorter, wider board.
As an instructor with over a 100 souls, of all shapes and sizes, consigned to the wind gods, my formula is as follows:
Weight is relevant to the size of the area of the bottom of the board, eg, a heavier rider needs a larger planing surface. So 145x44 is a large surface area of 6,480 square cm.
Length is more relevant to height as taller riders will need more width for their stance and can manipulate a board farther out. Shorter riders need a shorter board. This is televant to both body dragging with the board and actual riding.
A short fat rider would need more like a 140x44.
So for a tall skinny rider I would use a longer slender board for long term use. For begginer lessons, a 145x44 with a smaller kite will be easy for her to stand on.
Surface area matters most followed by length followed by rail length and rocker.
Gender really does not matter except for harness.