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DESPERAT...Which board for heavy rider 118 kg !

Postby Peter2m » Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:18 am

Could any body pls help me. Im getting pretty desperet. I think im a quit ok kiter, but i have big problems keeping my hight and going upwind when the wind is below 9-10 ms. I have a custom twintail 155x38 with pretty much rocker. It has a 6 fin setup. The board is OK but it needs much wind. I fly takoon skoop.
My danish friends tells me to buy north robo or Fanatic skyrider 147x41 or even a mutant, but ill like to stick to a twintip. Does anybody have some experience withe this problem ?
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Postby chris_wenger » Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:41 am

How about the Underground WT 157x40. Have heard a lot of good stuff of that board especially for heavy riders. Ride myself a 147 & 137 WT and I'm really happy. They get you going really early :)

But maybe you need some comments of a heavy rider using the WT 157. I weight only 71 kg so for me the WT 137 is the board for middle to strong wind.


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Postby Toby » Fri Aug 01, 2003 8:39 am

I know a 110 kg guy riding on an X-Shooter 155, even learned on it.
You will love it!


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Postby theflyingtinman » Fri Aug 01, 2003 9:11 am

I'm about 100 kgs and my LWD 169 is just awesome for upwind. I never have trouble getting well upwind of everyone else at my spot. I've had it a few seasons and it seems peolpe are favoring much shorter boards now but I love that 169.

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Postby pjgold123 » Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:22 am

Make yourself a plywood 150x44 no glass just seal it, borrow the straps and fins off your other board then start trimming it down until you are happy with the size.
Next you can either make a good one at the size you end up with or buy one that matches.

I forgot to mention that width is the key for heavy weights on average 1cm width = 5cm length.


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Postby Scott Evil » Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:01 pm

I'm a die hard believer in twin tips, love riding them, especially love making hot powered up turns. But I have a similar weight related affliction and just started riding some small directionals and trying some mutant style boards on lighter, gusty days. give it a try, I can make most of my gybes and becusase they are so easy to get upwind you can work on tricks on light wind days when you'd ususally be struggling just to keep upwind on a twintip. might work for you

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Postby experienced1 » Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:15 pm

Try the 158 Vari Pro...158X40. Six fins and alot of flat in the rocker so it plans up early

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Postby Kurt » Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:24 pm

We have two local big guys with 12/16/20 North Rhino kites. They ride Underground 157 wavetrays and love them.

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Postby captpaul » Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:03 am

I'm a big guy like you (about 110 kg) and learned on a Gorge Animal (184cm x 48cm) which is way too big and slow for me now.

For powered conditions I use a Litewave 148 (148cm x 39cm) and love it. I've also tried a prototype 2004 Airush Switch 142 (139cm x 39cm) which I also liked. And I ride a homemade 172cm x 39cm. I agree that width is critical for us heavyweights. The 139cm length seemed better for jumps, and the 172cm better for cruising through chop. The 148cm seemed like a good all-around compromise for my kiting.

For underpowered conditions I tried a prototype 2004 Airush Square 2 (155cm x 44cm), which was a little floatier than I prefer, but I was able to keep going (and even boost a little jump) in 8 to 10 knots of wind and my North Rhino II 20m. For me, I'd prefer a thinner, maybe shorter board. I plan on building a board about 148cm x 44cm.

Other boards that others have recommended are the Underground Magic Carpet (152cm x 44cm) and I met a guy who had a custom Wave Tray made (157cm x 44cm).

Now I need a bigger kite!


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Postby doofus » Sat Aug 02, 2003 11:42 am

hey peter2m check your messages

150 x 50 tray works too for bigger riders (like me 125kg), big feet required!!

square ends, 2 inch fins, thin sharp rails but overall thickness of 2.5cm flattish rocker (flat rocker can help heavies go upwind someone from underground once told me)

my 80-90kg friend seems to like it too when the wind is light

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