Big door-style twin tips are also quite competitive upwind and loose ground on the downwind legs.Chris0106 wrote:Why are the foilboards slower on the downwind legs but faster on the upwind?
i totally disagree with this statement. i think you have to figure out what you want. eighter to compare riders only than all riders have to use (almost) the same material. like optimist class races. or you want to encourage developement. then the more open the better. since kiteracing is so young i would definately go for the second option. if it ends up that all kiters use foilboard, so what? if it ends up all going directionals, fine to me and the same suits me with twintips. as it seems to be right now, all three types of boards are competitive. what can be more interesting? maybe even a fourth type of kiteboard will show up? if you say, that the board should not make the difference between win or lose try a north ltd from 2009 and some recent directional with four fins. unless you make rules very strikt you will never be able to prevent the influence of the board on the results.The idea of having different classes is to have comparable equipment
for the riders, so that it is not the board but the rider who makes
the difference. You also will not have an optimist racing against an
americas cup yacht.
if they all race for one title, it won't attract more people to get involved if you ask me.More variety attracts more people and guarantees bigger starterfields - that makes fun!
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