mocolombo wrote:Hi Taut,
Good impressions! Do you think it should be a nice choose to be my first kitesurf board, as i always ride TT?
Should the widht is enough to learn easily jibe?
For sure, i would go for the 6'1, as it will be my only surf board and i weight 90kgs.
Short answer is: Yes. The little / way longer version: I generally say to people who likes TT, to go with a smaller board, but this board is narrow enough to be comfortable to ride...and it will give you more low end. Just remember that once you get on the board, you put more effort and weight on your front foot, and only when you turn and hit a wave you put most weight on the back.
I'm about 85kg, so I have your frame of reference. I think this board is great improvement especially on the low end from last years...a more well rounded shape..though last years is still a good board
Very comfortable in choppy conditions. I've jumped the hell out of the board, though they recommend not to, the board has not even a dent in it.....super solid.
For transitions. Go with speed, then you can learn on any board. The key is really to not stop when you do your switch. If your only goal was to learn jibing the fish would be better because it is so wide, but the board offers more than enough float to be forgiving. The wider tail seems to both provide more low end and stability than last years global. This board though I have not ridden it strapless could easily be a strapless board too...though not as good as the skater for that since the rails are a little harder.
What I do for learning new things is to try to think my moves through before I go in the water. Then try them, and then think a little more. hehe I am slow.
Now what really matters the most in switching stance on a surfboard, is really accuracy in where you put your foot. Try to make your moves with confidence that you will do it, and the board usually comes around.
Switch before or after you make your turn. Less to think about.
Take your back foot out of the footstrap, place it right in front of the back strap, while keeping some speed on the board, start moving the kite up, move your back foot all the way up behind the front footstrap. This should be pretty much the center of the board. Take your front out out swing it around the front foot as you turn your body, and place it right behind the new front foot which you put in the footstrap in the opposite direction of the previous front foot. then put your back foot into the back strap.