the time in Cabarete was a blast. I was pretty unimpressed by the low level of care that people are taking on the beach: Nobody leaves any room when launching, well known professionals crash onto the beach and injure themselves, luckily nobody else got hurt by the kite flying around...
I flew a lot with my X2 14 and 10 and love them. I only have 3 points of criticism:
- the grip on the bar is too abraisive
- the 60 cm bar delivered with the 10 is too long
- the velcros securing the main bladder valve are attached to the tube. When the tube twists slightly, this can acutally pull the valve open, as happened to me on the water. Not very funny at the time...
Also, I tested a few boards and found out that I am not so keen on riding with bindings anymore, but rather enjoy wide footstraps and slightly larger boards. I enjoyed the dinnertray a lot, and also my bigger Carved board, although it is not made for heavy chop...
I am looking for advice for a smaller board for more choppy, higher wind conditions. Any suggestions?
I would be quite interested in trying out a X-Shooter. Toby, where can I try one out??
????????????????????????? Welcome to crowded contest sailing. No pros crashed and hurt themselves although several landed on the beach. Keep trying boards till you find one you like. Good luck with your kite.
Choose your WT based on board width. Ignor the length. Don't let the short length fool you into buying the board too big. These boards are very powerful for their size.
The extra wide tail gives them unexpected power. Jacky has the 137 WT, but I haven't tried it. I'm 83 kg. The 147 WT is perfect for me in most conditions.