In windsurf slalom, the bigger guys win because they can hold more power when its windy and choppy.
It seemed that Bernie did well when it was windier and Damo did well in the lighter winds.
Do you think rider size will be a factor in course racing or slalom?
I probably should write a whole article on this but you have struck a cord with me on this question!!
This might happen in kite racing also in stronger winds but I think as long as kite race management does not make the same HUGE MISTAKE
that we made in windsurfung race management with making strict wind minimums, then kitesurfing will be good for lighter guys in the lighter winds. The wind minimums adopted by Windsurfing back in the mid 80's really hurt the sports growth which was exploding at the time. It meant that we would no longer get some of the races done at some of the race locations we went to. People on the beach saw us sailing around but there would be no races because of these wind minimums we had adopted. They would ask us why we were not racing?
This was very unfortunate for many windsurf racers who were at the top of the sport before these rules were put into place. Guys like Karl Messmer, Robby Naish, Mike Waltze were all affected by these rules and would have had better Pro Windsurfing careers if they were not implemented. The Sport of windsurfing started its decline when these rules were put into place.
Kitesurfing can be done in very light winds now with the raceboards and hopefully kite management does not restrict the competitions by enforcing strict wind minimums. Sometimes people will not be able to plane or get moving for a little bit during racing, that is just part of light wind sailing. But do not cancel races because some people came off of a plane. If people are moving, then the spectators want to see some racing is a good basic quideline. Always remember that the growth of the sport is dictated by whether the spectators are watching and coming to the beach. They do not come back to watch if races are cancelled for the day and people are moving out on the water.