Joined: Sun Mar 03, 2002 1:00 am Posts: 34 Location: Washington DC, USA
I am currently riding a directional board (Hanacrew 6ft), and I would like to get into the twin tips.
I weight 72kg and I have a Free Air 7.1 and a North 12 (I should get it at any time..)
What should be the right size and what should I look for in a twin tip?
Any suggestion for TT to start?
If you like Hana Crew's quality they also make great TT. Would definetly stay on the smaller sizes since you already have a directional (better for light wind). around 5.5 or 5.6 either the TT or the asimmetrical they call double vision (5.6 Ft).
I can tell you I used them for over a year and I was completely satisfied with their product.
Of course you have several other choices,but this is certainly a good one.
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:00 am Posts: 29797 Location: World (KF Admin)
You already can start with a board of about 150 cm.
I just heard about a story that a girl and a guy, who were able to stay upwind with their directionals and then they got a 144 cm TT board to try it. After 15 min they didn't want to let go of the boards since they had a great time on it.
And this board you can ride also when you are a pro riding at a worldcup!
The smaller size Wipika Olry (175cm) has been an impressive board for riders in my area. It cuts upwind like nobody's business and launches great. Last year's model had some probs with suspect durability but Wipika beefed it up this year. Compares favorably over the new Naish tt bi-directional (IMO).
Joined: Thu Mar 28, 2002 1:00 am Posts: 50 Location: Sydney, Australia
i've been using a 150 e-board (previously known as extreme) direction tt on and off for 12 months, and have found it to have good upwind performance and well made. personally, i wouldn't use a direction tt over 150. e-boards are made here in Australia and i'm not sure whether they're available O/S. You may like to have a look at their website which can be found at http://www.e-boards.com.au
Hey Flysurfer~ When I made a similar transition from a 6' 6" directional board to a twin tip, here's what I ran across. Twin tips come in directional and bi-directional formats. You must decide which is for you. I went with the bi-directional. Then I had to decide what wind range I wanted to ride the new board in. Since I already had the big directional board for light wind days, I could have gone with a smallish bi-directional board. However, where I ride, we do have a fair amount of light wind days. I decided that I wanted a bi-directional that I could use as my everyday board and not have to go back and forth between boards all the time. I found a used 175 Olry for $500 and have been very happy with it. Note that the new Wipika Olry boards are a little shorter at 165. I will still use my big directional board for downwind coastal runs, super light wind and a few other things. So now I have a big and a medium sized board. At some point I'll add a shorter board (bi or wake)to round out the quiver. Fun buying new gear, huh? Bet you're stoked about your new North kite coming. Let us know how you like it. Good luck~
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