Dwight wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:41 am
Agree. 45cm worthless. 65cm should be the training length, then you keep it for shallow waters.
+1 for that, good training length, and keep it for shallow waters later
(or marginal onshore winds, but same thing, you have to start/loop in shallow waters and only way to be able to foil)
Not sure what is meant by underestimating ? Now or earlier ?
As many (or most?) brands got the mid sized mast option now (60-75 cm short ones), because they are "asked for".
But you are right, 1-2 years ago they were hugely "underestimating" the demand for these
Shorter than this makes no sense IMO (not even in shallow spots), apart from cheaper alu beginner sets where it could have its place if almost no added cost, and of course for schools.
You want a 90-100 cm eventually for freeride, most riders at least (racers often 110), and only a fraction needs "only" a medium one, if they are situated where it is ONLY shallow.
So it makes sense to focus on these overall most used lengths, BUT, many have been asking for the medium ones for learning the last couple of years, even when costly carbon - the latter has taken many brands by surprise I think so only the last 1½ year they have been offered by a number of, or most brands
Interesting development - maybe the medium ones are used for waveriding too by some, with the bigger and bigger wings offered now