I've been kiting a bit over 2 years now. At first like you, jumping seemed out of my reach. Now though, I can get up to 9m (woo2) so probably just over 10m real height on a good day. Board design is one of my passions though!CanadianGringo wrote: ↑Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:03 am1) Liquid Force Influence137cm
2) Best Spark Plug 136cm
The latter of the two boards is flat, lots of rocker, apparently good for free riding as per the internet. Lots of flex. Lots of wood. (Best)
The other board has less flex, seems to be more fibreglass and/or some carbon. Biggest difference is concave. (Liquid Force)
The question is what is best for lakes - bump and jump type conditions (to bust some old windsurf lingo).
Canadiangringo has the amount of rocker back to front and the influence is not flatter?dylan* wrote: ↑Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:59 amI dont know what your typical wind speed is, but the influence has just enough rocker for me that I can feel it in the lighter days. If this is at all a concern I'd go for a flatter board like the spark plug, because it has been the difference between a fun session and a struggle a bunch of times for me. If you usually have plenty of power to ride though, the little extra rocker feels great since it translates to a smoother ride. It's still not a high rocker board, but just enough that you can feel it. Great for boots or straps. I still have my influence from 2012 and ride it regularly, it's a pretty sweet shape.
As far as the concave... it's not going to be a big difference compared to the difference in rocker and flex. The spark plug is kind of a noodle so if you're heavy that might be a negative for you. Personally I like flexy boards but I'm pretty light.
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