Hey everybody, I am eager to find out if my new theory holds, there it goes. According to most of the seasoned kiteboarders on the forum, shorter kiteboard allows you to hold more power for bigger jumps. Also according to you wider stiffer boards, or bigger general area(length by width), with less rocker are better for lighter winds. Do you guys know of such board perfect for all conditions, short and wide or do I have to build it myself? Thanks for the input!
No...the reason riders can hold more wind and power has more to do with width than length. Shorter boards are usually narrower, so you can hold a crap load of wind, hence better jumping. Take the same short board and add a bunch of width and it won't hold nearly as well. I tried the epic short/wide board years ago and it was good in light winds, but got overpowered quickly in medium/strong winds.
A board that is too wide means your heels are further from the edge and harder to hold power.
If you are looking for a lighter wind board that also jumps like a short board, you'll have to give up one or the other.
That's my take.