I have 3 boards for light wind, my weight is 86 kg.
Crazy fly 135x46
good: small board feeling. works well in flat water after 8/10 knots, good for kite 14 or smaller.
bad: chop conditions and big kites(17,18 and 21) don't work well with this board.
can you please elaborate on the crazyfly
- is it the pro cruiser?
- what is bad about it in the chop?
- why are big kites no good with it? what happens?
Yes , is the pro cruiser.
It's very hard to hold the edge with big kites when using this board, to much pressure from the kite and the board slides in any chop.
To keep the edge you have to move your body position all the time , bend your knees a lot and get exhausted soon. It's better to be on a 42 board or the door, they works perfectly in chop with big kites.
IMO the board is wide and the stance for foot position is narrow , they should make it wider.
I like to use this board when having tide variation(current), when one side of the wind looses some power because of the current. Ex: the wind is around 12/13 knots good for a 13 kite and a small board but the current makes one side sucks. Then with a 135x 46 board you can do everything a smaller board does.
One might think it works like that, but it does not.
If there is current across the wind, you dont get one side that is more powerful and the other less.
You simply get another wind direction so to speak, if you got crosswind current.
But you will have exactly the same power when riding, no matter if going left or right meaning on port or starboard tack
Actually, you will get slightly more power on both tacks, if there is a REALLY strong sidewind current, but as the current is so low speed compared to the wind normally, it is not really noticeable.
Think of it this way:
Wind is coming straight from the right when you look out on the water, just an example.
Current goes out when towards low tide.
Meaning, the actual wind direction relative to the water, is not from the right but a bit offshore, so in order to ride perfectly halfwind, you ride a bit to the right and not straight out.
And reversed by approaching high tide