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what normal surf board?

Postby rella » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:02 am

Hi I'm 5'11 65kgs (145pounds) and started kiting and surfing (without a kite) about a 6 months ago. The waves in my area only average 3-5 foot and I've been using an old 5'10 short board that recently broke...

I want to buy a decent surfboard that i can use for normal surfing (no kite) and also take kite surfing (when the conditions are easy enough)... What board size and width should i be looking at and what is a good compromise? Any things I need to avoid?

Kite surf boards seem to be quite wide and heavy what effect will this have for normal surfing?

If I got a specific kite surfboard (strapless) and used it in normal surfing (no kite) in 4-5 foot how would it perform?

Would a better balance be a kite surfboard for normal surfing or a normal surfboard for kiting?

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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby leepasty » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:16 pm

mate go for a Firewire or Resin8. nothing else compares :bye:

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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby Phil » Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:12 pm

rella wrote:Would a better balance be a kite surfboard for normal surfing or a normal surfboard for kiting?

Do you a favour... choose the best of both world:

http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/kites ... d-ktj.html

... in size 5'11 for you :thumb:

Phil
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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby rella » Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:38 pm

thanks for your input will look into the boards you've mentioned...

Would a normal surfboard be too weak for anything over 5 foot? Or is it more a case that a normal surfboard will get compression dents from hard landings when using with the kite and jumping?

How do kite surfboards handle in 4-6 waves on their own with no kite, are they a tad slower and does the weight/ added flotation make it easier to pick up small waves?

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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby leepasty » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:17 pm

it really depends on the actual board and your ability when it comes to surfing. I use the same boards for both although for me the 5'11 FW is a bit small for me to paddle at 6'2 and 85kg. the 6'3 Resin8 is my go to board for double overhead on the kite and overhead barrels surfing. this is a surfboard with no strap inserts!
for your size the 5'11 FW will surf fine as long as the waves are decent as the board has quite a bit of rocker, its the Taj pro model but with extra reinforcement and strap inserts. unless you are of pro level surf ability you will not notice any difference in feel to the standard Taj Firewire 5'11.
if your waves are a bit fatter then the new 5'8 dominator would be the go especially if you ride in lightish winds with the kite but if ride mostly with 7 or smaller then the 5'11 is sweet!

Best idea is to try get a test :bye:
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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby rella » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:41 am

Thanks a lot Lee. Just had a look at your website, looks cool keep up the good work

cheers

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Re: what normal surf board?

Postby windrupted » Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:37 am

before you invest in a board Senor Barney, consider this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnrm4xtq-Bs

Your 1st few boards could be anything....your just going to destroy them right? Craigslist; Sporting Goods; board. $75 Wide is Good


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