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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2002 10:09 pm 
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I've read all these posts about not being able to kite with a wakeboard and such. How come? A twin tip wakeboard would be more than ok for learning and intermediate riders I would think no? Any reasons why not? I'd rather spend my money on a few kites, use my wakeboard, once I get good then decide what I'd like in a kite specific board and go from there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2002 10:17 pm 
I learnt on a liquid farce rhythm 141 no worries. I was already hot on a kite though.
If you are not used to a lot of kite power then a wake is not ideal to learn on.

I have used a few wakes since and the only problem is that they don't have much wind range ie: they need a lot of power to get going and then get overpowered easily. On the right day with smooth wind a good wakeboard is great fun though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 2:17 pm 
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did u use bindings?

i'm on a wakeboard - and with bindings, i can start riding when the other guys with 1.40 TT's
can ride with their kites parked - and hold the edge longer than necesary - i've had gusts of upper 8 bft when only one other rider was out, totally overpowered and i still had some mo' to give if necessary ...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 5:27 pm 
It's really the bindings that create the biggest problem for newer kiters. What you call the board, twin tip or wakeboard is not as important. We say wakeboards are hard to learn with because we associate bindings with wakeboards. Your kite flying skills will be poor and you will have enough problems with the kite that you will wish your feet were not locked into bindings. If you want to use a wakeboard you already own, then install anti-binding footstrap plates while you learn. Put your bindings on after you are good with the kite.


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Ok, how about someone who's advanced with kiting and good kite skills. Would he benefit using kite specific wake style board rather than a wakeboard specific board? Is there an edge holding advantage? Thats all I could really see. Length wouldnt be an issue since most guys riding the kite wake style are using board lengths that are available in boat wakeboards.

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I guess the real reason behind my questioning is kite wake style boards here cost $1000+. Wakeboards range from $400 - 800$.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 9:42 pm 
A lot of guys use boat style wakeboards for kiting. They work fine if you get the right one. Don't worry, try it.


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a good wakestyle kiteboard has a certain flex while a wakeboard is rock-solid.

so a kiteboard has a lighter rockerline in light winds which will increase with power ...

but still - for a good kiteboard's price, you get two wakes :smile:


to the binding / wake thingie:

well - a no-kite-wake usually has a two fin setup and rides much looser than many kiteboards.
you should know how to edge the board.

and bindings are for experienced riders, that's true - alone getting in and out requres a feeling for kite and wind.
you shouldnt drop your high performance kite in low winds ... and so on ...


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