Thanks let me know how you like the Dump Truck.
I finally got out on my Black Dump Truck yesterday.
First, my setup:
- 5' 9"
- FCS MF-1 fins as a thruster to start, I also have a set of KR JP-5 to test next.
- I put some air in the board (~ 2-3 psi) as the little flier that came with it suggests 1 psi minimum.
- 14m Naish Park
- 6' 3" / 185lbs
The board is really, really, really light compared to a North Wam 5' 10" and Naish Skater 5' 9". Its as light as a standard surfboard and looks like one too, I can't tell where the extra glass is.
My session was relatively short and in mostly choppy flat water, with only a few little swells. The ride is VERY lively, it feels like the board is trying to jump off each little bump. This eager feeling was very refreshing compared to the overbuilt boards I've been riding in the past. The big fins and wide tail made it plane as well as any other board, I had no problem going upwind even though wind was marginal (14m kites). When I did have the opportunity to bear off I found it very fast rail to rail and the closest to surfing feel I've ever had with a kite. Tacking and gybing was as easy as the other boards, in some ways the very light nose made the flick portion of the tack easier.
I now see how some of the shots of massive strapless air are possible, this thing is so light if you could just get your feet right it would be held up even without it blowing 40+.
I'll try to remember to update this when I actually get to take it out in waves.