Westozzy wrote:And yeh hit 25 to 27 gusty knots and although I tried I could not break the rail on that shinn, when ya going that fast the rain really stings ya eyes!
was it the Monk? that board has incredible control at speed and the rail never does break, it just starts crabbing and slowing if you push it too far.. A very good kite for boosting + riding fast and a perfect board to match it. Team FS and Switch are my 2 personal fav boards in the airush range. Livewire looks like it may be delayed.. shame - I was looking forward to that..
Don Lester wrote:So Mike, You talk a lot about the effects of cant and foil shape in trying to ride flat, but what about different lengths and aspect ratios ?
This is not something I can really comment on first hand, as I was only talking to the designer, most of the info I picked up from him..
but.. I did spend 10 years as a windsurf pro, racing in 11kt plus (PWA style), and spent a fortune on fins over the years. We learned a lot... and I'm sure it is relevant in some way, aside the fact the current boards are using 3 fins, not one, which I'm sure makes for a big difference.
I have not heard many speak of, and I have never had "spin out" - (cavitation) - which was always a big problem with W/S - kiteboards don't seem to suffer.
Increased length = increased power and increased drag
increased AR = increased efficiency but decreased control at high speed, decreased manoeuvrability and decreased power at slower speeds (rubbish for pinching upwind during slow speed emergencies)
What was always critical in W\S fins was the flex (specifically mid and tip) of the fin. Stiff enough to give you the right power for your weight (incredibly specific) to get you going in lulls and pinch for marks when your under the lay line and yet when you get it loaded the flex would bleed power allowing you to maintain trim at higher loadings and speeds. We would test fins more than boards..
Don Lester wrote:And which fin configuration are you talking about, tri or quad.............
It applies to both...
It's the front fins that the cant applies to on tri and quad is all 4. I have used V3 60 on quad and tri, and prefer tri most of the time, though in pan flat water and light winds Quad has more drive. Tri seems better in short frequency chop, and cornering.