Hi Guys, Here where I live in Stillbay, South Africa, we normally kite board and kite surf or just surf. However this season the wind and forecast has been very unpredictable. So today when I got to the beach expecting 15 knots and only had 7,5 knots, I phoned our local yocal surf shop owner, cum head local, who new someone who moved back from England who had a mountain board (the chances of any one having a mountain / land board in Stillbay is a close second to winning the lottery). Anyway before I knew it, I was standing on the beach at low tide, 7 knots and my Cab 11 switchblade 2014.and something that looked like a futuristic skateboard, no helmet. After battling to get the kite in the air, I jumped on the board.........no start......ok board pointing in wrong direction and people on the beach. Pointing board downwind and away we go. A 750m run down the beach, Stop and run again on opposite direction. After a couple of runs was able to skid upwind and start again in other direction without falling off,,,,,,how cool is that no wind and cruising...(no jumps:=) yet . OK realizing that at 16 knots it would be a different story all together. But I am hooked. In SA land boarding is like ...."yeah I have seen one of those before in another country".
So a couple of questions to the guys that know how.
1. in light winds, which make of kite is the best, I've have seen Flysurfer and Ozone, or can you just use your LEI kite, as long as it flies.
2. In stronger winds, can you use the normal LEI kites.
3. The mountain board I used was quite heavy, I did let out some air of the tyres to coupe with the soft / semi hard sand.. Are the kite boards lighter and are the foot straps softer like a kiteboard.
4. Does one use the same board for sand and grass.
5. How much would one pay for a second hand, good board.