I have decided to sell my Skywalker 135x47.5 cm, and (probably) get a Spleene Session instead. Reason: The Skywalker does plane earlier - but at least for me, I can't go upwind well enough on it. Thus looking for something a little longer and better at going upwind. Still want a fun board to do trickes etc. with it (backrolls, kiteloops etc) - thus not just going forth and back on a Door.
My weight 95 kg (210 lbs) - biggest kite RRD HT2 15m.
isn't there a big nobile 555? I tried a 130x39 and remember it as beeing very stiff, which is good for lightwind and upwindability. Or the new FLX, I just read there would be a 143x43 or something. Dunno if it is stiff though
The spleene are not without vices when we are talking about the fun part: In chop it can spray you face (at least the 2006 version did this, I think the later versions has improved in this regard) and it is also very smoot when you land from jumps. Unless you create an edge it will just give away.
For these reasons I sold my spleene session 2006 and bought a Nobile 666Ext 143x48. It proved to have the same lowend effectiveness as the Session, and it is also good going upwind. It looks much like your skywalker, but is a bit longer. The downside of the Nobile is that it is a bit on the heavy side (It is not extreme, I could live with this) and that the straps does not work well (This I could not live with) I am a shoe user. For this reason I have just sold the Nobile. I lost more than a new set of straps would have cost, but I am always eager to try something new.
If you wait a month or so I can tell you how an Underground FLX 148 2008 works. (Oh, it might have changed to a FLX 144). But so far I am most pleased with the Nobile while it work as a normal frestyle board, just bigger and with more lowend.
But see if you can try some boards first. The spleene session is not a boring board to sail, it is very fast, but it is best on flat water.
Dr. say it aint so. I love my skywalker. No, it doesnt have the low end of the Glides etc. But man! with my 12m waroo it gets me going upwind in 12mph and on sunday I was riding with it no problem in 22+. It is light and flexible enough to give it good pop. I dont hesitate to throw loops with it because although "skatey" the landings are real smooth. With that said, you should probably check out the aggression boards. the door is a good compromise 140x46
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i was on north sky pro 136*41cm before, but got my new aboards z-series 133cm 2 weeks ago. the board is good balance between stiffness and flex. but one thing what i have not understood before is special upwinders at ends of board that allows the board maneuvre like small fun board,but go upwind as a big one. imo this is good all round material for some freestyle and some freeride.
The most direct comparrison to your Skywalker would maybe be the new RIPMAX 140-47. However all boards that are short and extremely wide need a bit more skill to be ridden in light winds. The Spleene Doors and Sessions are super easy to get onto the plane and to go upwind with, thanks to their parabolic outline which gives them a long contact edge. Like Cortex said since 2007 the Session is much easier to ride in chop as it has more curve in the tips and also more rocker. The other alternative would be the RIPPLUS 138-44. This board was very successful for us last year and covers a massive windrange. We felt it planed pretty much as early as the Session 141-43 with the Session having the edge on upwind ability and the RIPPLUS having the edge on allround performance, top end and freestyle suitability.