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getting used to a shorter twin-tip

Postby windybrit » Mon May 25, 2009 6:58 pm

Having ridden beginner type boards (142 x 42) so far as a kiter I have now added to my stock and brought a smaller board (130 x 38). The new board is much more responsive and fun but obviously is less stable front to back and I need to be more careful with weight placement so as not to choke the kite, t bag myself, or dig a front edge and dump. I'm sure its all about practice and acclimatising to a new piece of gear I just wondered if anyone experienced can offer some thoughts on drills or tips to help me with this progression.

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Re: getting used to a shorter twin-tip

Postby Wetstuff » Mon May 25, 2009 7:12 pm

... I switch back/forth between a few boards, and just this past weekend used one I had not for two seasons. I had to re-train myself to keep a long front leg and a short back leg because it did not have much nose-kick. Sometimes if it is real bumpy, I have to remember to unload my front foot. Too bad we cannot close our eyes; I suspect we could feel it better than think it.

The only drill I can think of is: get there earlier and leave later. There is no substitute for more time on the water. Have fun.

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Re: getting used to a shorter twin-tip

Postby panchito » Mon May 25, 2009 7:35 pm

Same happens to me when I switch from my TT to my Mutant or other way around .... need to remember which board I have under my feet and change my body weight / position / style / stance etc accordingly

So ... it´s normal


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Re: getting used to a shorter twin-tip

Postby voodoospirit » Mon May 25, 2009 8:03 pm

same here, i switch between a 140/42 and a 130/37, the 130/37 has the same feeling has my snowboard when i snowkite..that s cool.
the 140/42 is cool in low winds (or the bottom range of my kites) with flat water but when it s choppy, i keep boucing on the waves, the board is too rigid and too large for me for a good control and usually i end up losing it because i can keep the pressure on the back leg..

windybrit
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Posts: 328
Joined: Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:51 am
Kiting since: 2006
Local Beach: AAO
Favorite Beaches: Isle de la Madelaine, Isle Lameque
Style: awkward
Gear: 15m Core XR3, 12m Core XR4, 10 & 8 m Switch Nitro 5.
CF Raptor Pro Ltd, Fone Signature.
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Location: Montreal Canada

Re: getting used to a shorter twin-tip

Postby windybrit » Tue May 26, 2009 12:07 am

Thanks to all for the good words......... I'm off to practice :o


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