C A R A F I N O 2014 wrote:So, let me tell everyone my theory on the race boards I currently see on the market. They are all TOO BIG!
You might be right - I really hope because I don't like bulky boards too.
However I will share my final findings in March after tests in Thailand.
So far I made 5 prototypes starting from 50 up to 60cm wide and hull thickness from 7 up to 10cm. All of them 150cm long. To my disbelieve wider and thicker model worked better than the previous smaller one - especially in ultra light winds (below 8kts).
Another advantage of fat ones is ability to stay or sit on a stationary board - important during competition before the starting procedure (your A point) and in any circumstances in a case of emergency (kite in the water) - fat boards works as a decent float on which it's possible to lay, sit, rest, drift.
Windage - this subject is very interesting and I was thinking about it in foilboarding too. I deal with it on every windy day at job as a ferry master entering a harbour.
So far could not compare my two prototypes in comparable conditions. It requires two riders similar abilities on the same foil and kites. We have winter in Poland so would feel guilty to drag Max Zakowski to cold Baltic waters. Anyway he is not so keen on foilboarding.
Lucky you you can do tests every day! I feel jealous
and find your observations interesting as not to many involved into design & production would share such knowledge - especially on forums. You remind me attitude of great Alex Aguera.
I really want to be proved wrong about the large volume and width!