sabraxas wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:14 am
Well, thats my question.
I usually see kiters foiling in 4 to 6 knots with big race foilboards, 150x50 cm aprox, 30 lts of volume.
But never saw a kiter with an 80x35 cm flat woodboard, like Greg Drexler's use, in 5 knots.
Some people say it really doesnt matter what kind and size of board you have above, It all depends in your own skills and the characteristics of the hydrofoil.
Is this true in extra lightwind?
I guess the size of the board does matter in the early gliding in very lightwind, till the hydrofoil begins to work. Am i wrong?
You are not wrong, but spot on.
I disagree hugely with those saying board size doesnt matter (if skilled).
In fact, volume/area matters hugely also when ABOVE marginal wind.
The bigger the board, and more volume, and still light, the better for riding in low wind, and less problems
You can NOT start as early with a tiny board, no matter how skilled and which kite IMO.
As said in many other threads, also WHEN you got sufficient wind to ride a supersmall board, it is often better to choose a medium board instead of the smallest one, in medium winds (say 10-11 knots), as so many advantages if you are not extremely skilled, and you get a much better experience