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 Post subject: Re: lightwind directionals that are easy to learn on
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:05 am 
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does the board have proper surffins by now or can they be added? because i had the board in 2010 i think and the included fins had hardly any grip. if still the small tt-like fins i would not recommend it. a real kitesurfboard with proper surffins is much easier to handle and to jibe in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: lightwind directionals that are easy to learn on
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:19 am 
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yep, small TT fins. I know what a wakeboard feels like when you take the fins off, so I can imagine these wakesurfers arn't the stablest things...

what would happen if my dad tried to use the 5'2" f-one fish? would it just nose dive too much or be ineffective in light winds or what? Because that at least has some real fins.


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 Post subject: Re: lightwind directionals that are easy to learn on
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:09 pm 
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whatismouse wrote:
what would happen if my dad tried to use the 5'2" f-one fish? would it just nose dive too much or be ineffective in light winds or what? Because that at least has some real fins.


It won't nose dive because the nose area is kind of wide
But it will be ineffective in light wind because the tail is "pulled in" too much
Yes real fins as you say.....but it is a thruster ..only 3 surf fins
Efficient LW kitesurf boards have wider tails combined with a quad set-up...4 fins

Another bad element is that it is not wide at all at only 46 cm......18 1/8"........way to narrow for LW

I read a review and i quote:

"While using this board you should rather be powered with your kite"


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 Post subject: Re: lightwind directionals that are easy to learn on
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:55 pm 
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whatismouse wrote:
Hey everyone,

I'll be taking lessons in January on Sanibel Island. I'm putting together a quiver of gear that me, my dad, and my girlfriend can all progress on after our lessons. I'm trying to strike a balance between gear that would be usable for my dad and gf on this two week trip, with gear that I will want for myself in the future.

As I think we will primarily be kiting in low winds, I'm trying to get some low wind gear. At this point I'm looking for a directional board that planes early, would be a piece of cake to learn on, and would be fun in small chop and for going fast and carving once i get better. No bigs waves yet, nothing too high performance.

There are two on the used market that I'm looking at, a 2011 f-one fish (5' 2"), and a 2011 north free race.

With regards to these specifically, and free race/light wind surfboards generally, what can be expected in terms of low-end potential, and ease of learning?

The fish is small, but my gf is 55kg and I am 65kg. I'm guessing my dad would be too large for it at 85kg?

I have experience with other board sports and tend to pick things quickly and enjoy challenges. My gf on the other hand will probably find all of this very difficult, and I honestly doubt she will be up and planing and comfortable with the kite unless we had a whole summer to practice. My dad is somewhere in between.

The gear that I have so far:
cabrinha crossbow 11m
naish torch 9m (i know :nono: , couldn't help it. this one will be for me!)
142 cm SS misfit board (with very little rocker)
a harness that fits me and my gf, and one that fits my dad

so, other than another LW board, the obvious next step would be to pick up a 14m+ LW kite. I'm wondering if i can avoid this however, if we have the misfit, and a directional?

Lots of questions and information, I know, but I thank you for any advice you could give! Mods please move this thread to the new rider forum if you think that is where this should be, but that forum looked a bit dead.


You're going to hear this alot. Stop spending money on gear before you learn. I can guaranty you, you will NOT learn as fast as you think. There is no Zero to hero in a weeks vacation! Most bring some other sports to the table. Many are fast learners........That will NOT help you learn to control a kite. I'm not trying to burst your bubble but I think your expectations are going to lead to some disappointment.
Don't be embarassed if your girlfriend learns faster than you. They often do!
Enjoy the journey tho and let us know how it went,
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