airton_snjr wrote:Hi guys, I'm 1,90m, 95kg and I want to buy a kite wave board but i don't know what size should I buy ? I will usually use it in 2 to 6 feet waves and with winds between 15 to 25 knots. I'd like some help in what size of board should I buy ?
The size you should get is dependant on several things.
First what type of wave riding are you intrested in...
Either you go for a bigger board and smaller kite so that you kite to tow into
the waves and then you pretty much surf the waves
Or go for a bigger kite and smaller board and power down the waves... sort of chasing the power of your kite.
Both styles are great fun.
My preference has been to go with bigger boasrds and smaller kites.
The advantage is faster moving kite so you can generate spikes of power, but you can also siply surf down the line.
Another very important aspect is board efficiency for returning upwind.
The most fun in the waves is riding down the line and in relatively light winds..(less crowded and smoooooth water). the penalty is that you have to make it back up wind.
Add to that the fact that many good waveriding spots around here have kelp beds that force you to make shorter tacks.
Next thing is board weight. I really like ultra light boards... so much nicer to throw around.
After trying many boards my preference goes to Aviso hollow carbon fiber boards.
Super light, very intresting andfd unique flex pattern. They have very ridgid rails and loads of hull and some deck flex.
This gives them a super smooth chop eating ride.
Best thing about them is that they have loads of floatation and you can comfortably ride bigger boads or smaller ones depending on where and what you ride.
I like to ride both my two boards.
6'6" Aviso Lost
5'10" Aviso Dick Van Straalen Rasta Fish
http://www.fishbrotherhood.net/2007/09/ ... ovich.html
I'm 105 Kg.
I like the fish for more sloppy or chaotic waters, the Lost board is better for bigger waves.
Both have amazing upwind preformance.
The Fish thanks to the long relatively straight rails.
The Lost board on the other hand gets great upwind in particular when I set the hull to have more of a concave.
When chosing a size a true fish board can be shorter and still give you a good low end and upwind. The flatter rocker however is a little less forgiving when going down steep wave faces.