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Skywalker 2008 first impression

Postby Larse » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:11 pm

I just got home from a killer session!! My best session in a very long time!! I was riding my brand new skywalker pro competition 127x42 2008!! That size is a killer. Perfect for me..

I was a little worried about the size actually. It sounded exciting, but I thought that it could go both ways. Great or shitty. It turned out to be great!! I haven't tried the 2007 model, so I can only compare to my Thorn 128x38 2007 and my Nobile 666 132x41 2007. Both great boards, that i like to ride...

I was on a 11m2 sle kite (my new stupid stiring lines where too short, so I couldn't really depower!!) in about 20 knots (9 m/s??) and my weight is about 75kg (I don't now what that is in punds or stones or what ever)

To sum up SW 127x42:

Light, it seriosly feels like... ehmm, like nothing! It's so light and smooth, that you forget all about the board and just concentrade on your moves. Nice...

Smooth riding, especially through full powered turns. Even with full powered downloops it felt smooth and easy to edge. Chop is no problem at all. Like I said above, you forget about the board. And I didn't get spray in my eyes at any time. Thats something I don't like about Thorn. I can't see shit, when I'm riding my Thorn well powered.

Nice upwind. I was worried about the 42cm width would be hard to edge, but it was now problem.

Smooth landing!!! I can useally feel hard landings from my knees and down. But I made about 30 hooked in kiteloops today. After the first one I just kept on going. The landings where smooth as hell... My arm is sore though, from pulling in the bar so hard so many time... :wink:

It was too windy for me to unhook (because of the new short stiring line), so I can't really say much about the pop with the kite stable. But the flex is hard, so the pop should be great. Can't wait to go out again and hopefully try the board unhooked...

Surely this is my favorite board from now on...

Skywalker, the force is already with you... :wink:

Dimitri, you made a great board!! I felt so alive out there. Thank you... :wink:

Best regards
Lars Joergensen...

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Postby CameraGuy » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:10 am

yo lars and Dimitri

man thanks for the update ! i am on the same page with the size? it could go either way for me since i end up in choppy conditions often but love the freestyle moves. how much do you weigh ? im 190lbs

was it cool to land super hot with the short size? how did it handle speed? i like a board you can hit 6th gear on comfortably. i know dimitri is the man and would NEVER produce bunk gear but he does ride glass flat conditions most of the time

Dimitri hows it feel toes side/blind for freestyle vs the 39-40 cm boards? did you feel any awkwardness when landing or poping to toeside on the wider board?

your answer will help me decide between the 127x42 or the 133 x40. please suggest the best choice for my weight and riding

thanks!

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Postby Larse » Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:43 am

Hi CameraGuy

I don't know how many kilos 190lbs is, but I'm 178cm tall and average built...

Yeah, it was nice landing super hot. I had control right away. It's not slippery. I'm used to my thorn 2007 wich is very loose and slippery compared to SW. My nobile can almost get too steady, but SW is right in the middle. Smooth is the best word...

I came toeside out of many kiteloops and it was no problem. Even at that speed. I was worried, like you, about the width regarding keeping and edging and riding toeside/blind, but it's no problem. You got to lean away from the kite to stay up wind, but not more than with any other board, I think.

The water where I tested the board, was pretty flat. Out by the reef it was more choppy, but it didn't really matter. I didn't think much about it. I don't know if that was because of the board or the fact, that I was out on a killer session. I think it was the board, because i was looping the kite out in the chop as well. I don't do that normally

But I don't know about hardcore chop... Dimitri must know...

Best's
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Postby panchito » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:01 am

Larse wrote:Hi CameraGuy

I don't know how many kilos 190lbs is, .
86 kgs

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Postby Larse » Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:22 pm

panchito wrote: 86 kgs
Thanks!

CameraGuy:
So you are a bit heavier than me. 10 kgs. I havn't tried the 133x40, so it's hard for me to say something clever about it. But I guess, that is a matter of style and personal preferences in the end. The 127x42 is 5334cm and the 133x4 is only 5320cm. So the 127x42 is the bigger board. I would believe that the 127x42 goes easier up wind because of the width and the bigger areal, but the 133x40 is a bit more stable because it's longer. Just a guess.

I like short boards for chop, so I would go with the 127x42 any time.

I would say, that you have to try both boards to really be sure. You will be able to feel the differences.

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Postby Dimitri M » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:36 am

Hello Guys,
I would re-comand to go with the 127x42cm. Don't worry about the toes side riding and popping because it is way better then any boards you have ridden so far.
The best sizes to have will be: 127x37.5 / 135x43 / 135x47.5.
But if you want one board, go with the 127x42.
The good thing about the 127x42 is that you will be landing some jumps that you use to not land. It is more friendly on the landings, and it has a very nice pop.
I hope this helps.

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Postby Rossall » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:47 pm

I have had about 4 sessions on the 127 x 42 now and can assure you the toeside riding is just fine did a 6 mile downwinder on saturday, the majority toeside !!! take it from me its fine.

Great board, bit stiffer in the mid section this years but still with the flex tips works great.


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Postby Larse » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:01 pm

I was out in chop today on my 127x42 and well powered 9m2 kite. Excellent! I had so much fun. It's just so amazing to feel the soft landings, when you're comming out of a powered kiteloop. It lands like no other board I've ever tried.

I also rode blind and toeside today. Perfect... Even in the chop... This board simply f*cking cool... :thumb:

I also tried some other 2008 demos today. All great boards, that will do great in 2008, but I must say, that none of them could beat the smoothness of the skywalker...

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Postby Dimitri M » Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:23 pm

People don't believe it until they try the boards. You should see the expression they have when they come out of the water.
Same thing with the ECLIPSE kites. :lol:


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