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 Post subject: Snowboards work on water!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:42 pm 
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Snowboards work on water!

So what is it, snowkiting or kiteboarding? WindWing's Aaron Sales found
out last week that the snowboard works quite well on water. After
snowkiting around on the Sandbar in Hood River for several hours, Aaron
headed out into the water. First across a few puddles, then a narrow
channel, then out into the Columbia, where he rode nearly to the middle
of the river before turning around and riding back (upwind) to shore
for more snow riding. So what do we call it? And what can we learn
about board design from this? What does Kiteforum think?

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tried it a few years back with an old board. while it's great while you are moving the negative bouyancy makes it quite hard to get the board back into a starting position should you stall and sink. definately fun, but with that negative buoynacy i reckon a float vest is a definate.

superb looking wake though..


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 Post subject: Not quite the deal.....
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Couple years back Rush Lake (epic wind locale near Salt lake) had snow on the shore and melting ice on the water. I rode my 165cm snow board from the shore over the ice and onto the water. When the wind was full on I was powered and could maintain a plane. The session was good until the wind lulled off and the board proved to have zero float. Massive power strokes kept pulling the board onto a plane and got me to shore (slightly wet). It was something different to do and good for a laugh, but the next day I brought out my wakeboard and wetsuit!

Snowboards work on the water but the design requires a little more width, and maybe a concave bottom to generate the 'lift' needed to cruise.


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