juandesooka wrote: ↑
Sun May 06, 2018 3:58 pm
I have been of the opinion that board is irrelevant. Once flying you could be on a cafeteria tray. But now that I'm trying a wakeskate with nearly no flotation I can confirm board matters in light wind.....I've had my wakeskate submerged knee deep trying to get going.
I think a stubby wide board would be ideal. Have also noticed that my narrow pointy nose surfboard will tend to dig in on hard touchdowns. A wider nose board would improve chances of recovery.
your board looks good. ...Nice to see you are stoked. Ultimately this supposed to be about having fun....so enjoy yourself
Thanks Juan, and you are absolutely correct - that the small boards dont stand a chance in marginal winds, and even in lighter winds they are not that good, compared, and I always choose a boardsize that matches the wind, as it gives you a much better overall experience no matter which wing sizes.
Of course there are many who dont really want to ride in less than 10-11 knots anyways, so be it - but we are MANY who loves to ride in almost no wind, in absolute perfect summer weather most often
The extremely low swing weight of a board around 3 kg and with a superlight nose, makes it feel like a really small board in terms of maneuvers and jumps and turns, even carrying.
And still being a board that is close to, or, the ultimate lightwind tool
You dont know till you have tried - just like those who havent tried hydrofoiling at all, they got NO idea what they are missing
Yesterday out in really light wind (but not marginal of course, maybe 7 knotish) with a 12 m2 strutless kite on 30 m lines on a big wing, great fun:
Out again today in less wind, starting with the wavefoil but it felt wrong in this wind so I took the Hover board and flew around the rest of the day without having to wait for gusts to start, or waste time trying to start with board dragging or sinking and sometimes kneeheight under water.
Compared at first view it does not look (nor feel) much bigger than my medium sized a lot less volume waveboard - but looks are deceiving, as there is so much difference in how low you can go between these two, even with the same wing, that you wont believe it.
Seen from this side, the Hover board suddenly appears a LOT bigger
I can really only recommend these types of boards, or similar types, if you want to move your limits significantly and still have fun and fast starts really easy, also when realy experienced.
Dont compare to the older big beginner boards - as they were typically a lot heavier, so felt wrong and also sucked to the water surface a lot more.
As the wind picks up, choosing smaller boards, and smaller wing (down to whether you want a fast wavewing or a medium slower wavewing on the given day), makes sense and what I do at least
It is good to hear that others have had the same good experience with really light big volume boards, in marginal winds - and would like to share the finding that when wind is 10 knots and less, choosing an accordingly sized wing AND board, will give you a much better and balanced overall ride IMO