I am looking for my first kite surfboard. I need a board that will be alright carving in the light wind conditions of Bintan (10 - 15 knots) but will also be ok in chop, small to medium sized waves at slightly higher wind ranges. I am 5'10", size 9 uk feet and (*cough cough*) a princely 85 kgs.
I have been offered an excellent deal on a 2013 Brunotti 'Wave' board by a friend of mine our local dealer. The 'wave' is Brunotti's 'allround' kite surfboard and sits between the lightwind 'fish' and the big wave 'gun.' As its the jack of all trades board it seemed the best choice for what I am looking for. However, I am unsure which size of board to go for the 5'8" or the 6'2".
Available sizes and dimensions of the Brunotti Wave
5'8" x 17 1/3" x 2 3/16" 23.1L
6'2" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" 28.1L
As you can see it looks like there is quite a jump between the 5'8" and the 6'2". I fly F-One Bandits(8m, 11m and 14m) also I have a 17m Zephyr so whichever board I go for I should be covered kite wise. Its ease of use and fun I am more interested in. Will the 6'2" be too big to throw around get upwind? Will the 5'8" be too small because of my weight and get bogged down in lightwind conditions or be difficult to get going?
Any advice on which size to take? Should I go smaller or bigger?
I'm 15kg lighter and have used four different boards (5'2", 6'0", 6'3", 6'5") over the years. I ride mostly strapless, my favorite length has been 6"3' so far. My next board I plan to get will be 6'2" so I would personally go for the longer one but in the end its all down to personal preference and past experience.