Pascale wrote:I just don't understand if Flysurfer is another brand that has a model called Rip or if the company is in fact called "Flysurfer Spleene"
Flysurfer is the brand of the kites; there are also Flyboards to go with that (see all of them at http://www.flysurfer.com/
Spleene is a separate company (http://www.spleene.com/
Both companies collaborate extensively, in the past even to the extent that Flysurfer had the exclusive(?) distribution rights to Spleene boards.
Generally speaking, whenever you run into a "Spleene Door", "Spleene Session", "Spleene Rip", a "Flydoor", or "Flyradical" (the latter under the Flyboards brand), you have found a board designed by Spleene (Rainer Kauper).
Out of these boards, have a go at what is the right board for you. Your best option always is to extensively trial a board before you purchase it. Many people are happy with Spleene-designed boards (me included), but as with almost everything, taste is subjective.
As a point of reference: My gross weight on a kiteboard exceeds 90kg (all the nice apparel
), being about 190 cm tall. I absolutely and positively enjoy riding the Spleene Rip34 (of 2007), the Flyradical L (which would be equivalent to the Spleene Rip Max?) is quite nice as well, but for my taste too heavy. The Spleene Session 41 (of 2007) is also a rather nice board. I have learnt to try to avoid anything longer than 140 cm
(which excludes the Session and all Doors - preference).
The Rip34, with my weight, is perfectly adequate in less than overpowered conditions; it glides very well even through lulls, assuming that your weight distribution on the board matches the (lack of) power delivered by the kite - i.e. no edging please.
With the Flyradical L and a Flysurfer Speed II 15 I was able to go upwind in about 13 knots of steady winds - and ever since having done that, I learnt quite a bit about being much more efficient in my riding.
So back to you: 135 pounds translates to 60 odd kg of weight. With that, a Spleene Session should be adequately sized as your largest "still have fun" board; the Rip Max / Rip38 will be close in performance and be easier to work with on the water.
Board size requirements will also depend on your skill level; a Spleene Monster Door will be much, much more forgiving when it comes to bad weight distribution over the board - the smaller the board, the more important "proper" balance, competence in riding becomes.
And before you buy anything: Trial. Do not buy blind. If you cannot trial at your local place, travel and trial there, under conditions similar to what you expect to be riding in. Do not buy blind.