about your 50 liter board; can you give the measurement, please?
Also, I'm wondering how much the length and width matters when the volume is the same for very marginal conditions?
It is my old std North Race LTD 2010. Light and with sharp edges and a flat, fast rockerline.
175 x 48 cm and 50 liters.
I have no idea if width is better than length, as I havent had or made loads of boards - but have tried some.
The 175 is a bit long, a bit wider and shorter would probably be even more fun when you make 360s and play around - which is a thing you can still do in marginal winds to some extent.
I have an idea/theory, that a longer/wider board with more surface after your rear foot, will make you able to sail in the least wind - better for the most marginal conditions.
As most (in fact ALL) boards seem to have the rear strap quite close to the tail - even the bigger wider thicker boards.
Works perfectly when sufficient wind, but in really sub marginal wind where you just try to keep your kite flying, and the board up on the surface - the surface between your rear foot and the tail is really important !
Easy to see when you ride strapless - that you move your feet forward a lot when sub-marginal wind, to stay balanced and afloat.
This is also possible when you got straps only moving the rear, but sometimes you have to move your forward foot - so having a bit more surface after the rear strap would make it even easier to ride particularly with straps, in marginal winds when huge lulls appear so sub-marginal and you have to work and loop a lot.
The "limit" with too much surface after the rear foot (mast), is most likely that at some point you can not pump the foil as well with your feet - which is also important to be able to sometimes, to get going when marginal.
Having a wider shorter board should make it even easier, as you only have to move your foot/feet less, to stay afloat balanced - but as said, I dont know as havent compared some head to head.
My LTD marginal wind board summer 2015, it had been windy earlier that day (8 knots) so water not glassy, and then the wind dropped to barely possible to keep the kite in the air if not at 12 and worked (windstation average up higher was 5-5.5 knots and sometimes a lull below and a gust above), when I went out this summer afternoon.
Tried to hold a stickcam to catch the "silence" somehow, eventhough I might not have succeded, and not any action, remember it is almost two years ago and my first time trying to hold a stick when marginal and having to loop a foilkite with 32m lines in order to get going : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHzww4l-dNw
Riding in marginal wind is occasionally extreme fun
Would like to hear what you guys/girls have experienced regarding marginal wind boards, especially my idea with more surface after the mast and rear foot ?