Posted this in builders thread, but thought it should go here too.
I rode the Dwarfcraft today. It was very choppy and a messy windswell as wind has been SW 7-11ms for several days. I was on a 7m kite, as usual everyone else on one smaller kite. 9s.
I'm a noob, session 25 or so. 80 kgs, old-boy. Have a 2016 Moses Fluente with 548 /325 wingset.
My proficiency is that I'm flying around, doing S turns and some heel to toeside carves on my strong side. On my previous board my waterstarts have been nailed.
At first I could not get up. Nose of board is submarining directly, then if I try to compensate foil is trying to lift but too low speed, so stalling, then nose dive. If I just try to gain speed the nose is going under before I can get up to speed. I'm trying to get going in 60-70cm wind swell that is sometimes breaking and at times I have to work the kite to keep moving. After a few attempts I get going. Ride an hour with trouble water starting.
But I get better at it.
If I do a skimming touchdown, it works great, but a more abrubt touchdown, the nose dives.
I could not do any surface transitions, board nose submarines. Granted it's really rough, my roughest session ever. But still, this board is not forgiving for surface transitions.
In the air, it's great. Good length and width, and I find I can ride much lower to water because touch downs or rather, wave tops coming up to meet the board don't effect forward momentum.
I come in for a break and then go out for another 40 min. Starting is now much easier, but it's still hard to keep the nose above water and not stall the foil.
I do a few heel to toeside carves in the air, but it's so rough, and the 7 m kite is a bit too fast for my timing.
Overall, this is not a board to begin on, and I'm wondering if I made the right choice. It seems board should have 50mm more nose rocker. So if you're a beginner, and you don't have smooth water conditions, you're going to struggle with thus board. I guess that's why they have the alien air model.
I also think the boards angle to water during flight is too much " nose down ". I'm used to a more " nose up" angle, as my previous board had tail rocker. This board has no tail rocker at all, so the fuselage is parallel to the bottom. then there's only about 60-70 mm nose rocker left. The deck is also pretty flat all the way forward and this increases the perception that nose is low.
I have my 2016 Fluente strut plate at "2" marking. My rear foot was a bit in front of the rear hook as usual, perhaps I will move plate back 1cm.
I'm thinking to make a plastic shim for mounting under the plate to raise front edge of plate 3-4mm. This will raise nose in flight. I did som trigonometry, and if I shim plate front edge up 4mm it will raise the nose about 24mm. But it will also cause drag on touchdown...