Espyeast wrote:Rider level - beginner, kiting for a year, been a while since done the walk of shame, transitions ok, working on getting some air.
Weight - 87kg
Current gear - Airush Lithium 2014 12m & 9m
Im wanting to progress to a direction board. Start to play around in the waves and increase low end wind range without committing more funds to purchase an additional larger kite.
Currently im looking at either a North Nugget or Airush Cypher (5'10 size).
Anyone have any advice on which board would be more universal, light wind planning yet still be able to be used in small mushy bay waves.
Thanks for your help.
I would lean more towards the 5'8 Cypher than the 5'10 if you are looking for a more direct comparison to the Nugget range.
This 5'8 size will give you a bit more universal riding to use in various wind conditions. You are going to get a stable board with the 5'8 Cypher, but still excel in onshore slop. I am 75 kgs and used the 5'6 last year in 12-5m kite conditions as long as it was onshore slop (my home beach in Cape Town). Learned a lot of air tricks on it.
The Cypher has 5 Surfinz boxes (compatible with FCS), so you can spend some time changing from quad (standard with more drive for onshore riding) to tri, which is a bit more pivotal and better for more cross shore conditions.
I'd recommend the 5'10 if you were a bit bigger and if you were strictly focused on lightwind riding.