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 Post subject: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:59 am 
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Had a Flyradical3 L 138x42 that I lost :roll: got the 2014 Aboards Z-series in 140x42.5... it's a great board - but it's not turning out to be my cup of tea.

I like to go out on the small board very powered. Never had any issues with the Flyradical, but with the Z I just can't get it sorted...

Long story short, I think the more oval outline is the problem - the tips are too narrow and are causing spray to the face and stalling on aggressive edging. The Flyradical is a more "door" shape...

Whaddya reckon?


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:01 pm 
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Oh that and the fins are closer to the centerline, due to the narrow tips...


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:16 pm 
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Why do you want such a big board anyway?

I was 115kg now 105kg, :jump: and i ride a 132x41 board. It gives me plenty of lowend and works perfect in highend.

The brand of the board doesnt excist anymore but the evolved shape went to Fluid Kiteboarding.
Its now called the Fluid two/seven. From what i hear the board gotten even better then it used to be. But well testing is knowing.

been testing the 135x41 droid2 and Oxygen V2 135x47 and i really do like these boards aswell.
The droid would be my 99% of the time board. But the Oxygen gives me that extra lowend without loosing playfullness.


Wider tips will give you a straighter outline which is nice for upwind performance and will give you a little extra float to compensate weight.

I personally dont like really narrow tips either.


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Cos even that big a board sinks like a stone and makes getting upwind tough when it's not perfect wind. I got 20kg on you... and can't imagine riding a small board would be any kind of fun at all.

The lake chop is pretty hard work too. Flat water is different...


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:43 pm 
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My highwind board is a 2003 Best LTD. It's 144 x 44cm but has a ton of rocker to it. I find the more rocker the board has the more power I need.

Might be good to look at a board with more rocker in it. Not sure which ones though. Still trying to figure out what high wind board would be good for me as I haven't tried many.


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:10 pm 
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bigjohn wrote:
My highwind board is a 2003 Best LTD. It's 144 x 44cm but has a ton of rocker to it. I find the more rocker the board has the more power I need.

Might be good to look at a board with more rocker in it. Not sure which ones though. Still trying to figure out what high wind board would be good for me as I haven't tried many.




Well, im not a hardcore expert. But i believe that aside from shape & rocker, the primary thing for a "high wind board" is SIZE.

The lesser the board - the bigger the pressure\sq meter - the easier (for rider) to push it to he water.

on strong wind:
The bigger the board - the less "grip" you have with the water - the harder wind pull you out o the water (downwind).
The lesser the board - the lesser "downwind drag" you have on the same wind.


Basically its the law of physic. Lesser area - bigger "energy".


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:29 pm 
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I do agree kiteboard size is very important.

I found with my "heavyweight" size I could put a lot of stress on all the parts and was breaking a lot of things before I finally got dialed in.

So putting a smaller board added too much pressure on my CL, bar and lines, bridles, kites.

Something lighter guys have less problem with.


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:55 pm 
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My mid to high wind board is a crazy fly raptor pro ltd 136x41. No face spray, gets going easily, bulletproof(so far). Fast, smooth, loads up nice, turns on a dime at speed etc. No complaints or reason to look at any other boards at this time. I'm down to a svelte 219 lbs. :strong:


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:20 am 
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I'm thinking the outline is the problem - with the narrow tips, it's pushing the fins closer to the center of the board and ahead of the heels...

With more sessions on the board, I've managed to improve my riding but it *feels* like the board demands more attention to get a smoother ride than I can be bothered with - "Do it right or I'm going to sulk, fattie!" is what I hear...


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 Post subject: Re: High-wind board?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:59 pm 
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tried the axis vanguard a couple of days ago, very nice board, nice dimensions too for heavyweights


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