Hi, Thanks for your replies as i never thought i could use such a short board as my first twin tip.
As the F-ONE 160 is only 35cm wide does this fall into the same range of use as the shorter but wider boards you list.
I live in the UK.
Thanks again Simon.
You should go on the Outer Banks NC and get in touch with Dimitri Maramenides. He will have tones of boards for you to test. He is also doing clinics and adventure kiting (very long down winders) for advance and people that can't stay up wind still.
The TT160 is a very nice board. I have two boards. One small board that I use when it's blowing over 20 knots and the TT160 for under 20 knots. The TT160 will help you go true the holes and keep on planing. It's a very easy board to ride and it's extremly light. The kite instructer at our beach always want go use my TT160 when I'm not using it. He has the new Mutant 142. The board may be 160cm but it feels like a 140 board. It's so light and it will improve your riding very fast. Don't go buy a small board if your heavy and ride in area's with low wind. You'll use the TT160 way more than a smaller board. And also the TT160 can hold a lot of power for days if you get some good wind.
Dude, don't buy until you try and definitly don't buy a board for your skill level now. You will adjust really fast to a shorter board. It might take a couple of days or weeks but your level of sailing will be higher than if you bought something more moderate. I think that people go too small almost all the time. Most pro riders boards are between 140 and 160 and they have diferent sizes for diferent windspeeds so the average in my opinion that would be a good starting point is between 145 and 155. Remember if the wind drops the smaller the board the longer the swim. To the North guy.....by miles huh? Thats why the two top North guys ride directionals and Cindy ( the womens world champ) ride a Wavetray? Very good reasonong and a nice open mided opinion.
As always don't buy until you try and unless its really windy there don't go too small.
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