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by Matteo V
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: best foil kite for gusty conditions
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: best foil kite for gusty conditions

I would vote no on the hyperlink, not as stable as a Chrono II. The Blizzard is better. The best is an Access. Flysurfer peak is pretty good too, just not great at jumping. Wait on the Hyperlink until they fix the stability issues in the next version or two. That said, the Access is designed PRIMARI...
by Matteo V
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Surfboard Size Poll
Replies: 17
Views: 4425

Re: Surfboard Size Poll

5'-3 Liquid Force KiteFish(es) Quad Mod pretty much exclusively now.This board is shorter, with less rocker, less snappy (due to "V" in tail and extra weight) than I would prefer. But I broke all of my "real" kite surfboards a long time ago. That forced me to bring this board out of the "backup boar...
by Matteo V
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

So how about my explanation of the mast being your "edge" or "rail"??? Would you say that is an incorrect statement? Again, the transition from laying in the water at the start, to riding takes place without ever "standing still" on the board. (sub)Planing speed starts the instant you get pull from ...
by Matteo V
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

But its harder to sink more displacement/volume which means more float, which equals earlier planning or riding through lulls... Again, float is only due to displacement at zero speed, AND ONLY when the board is sunk. If you have any movement, you are not using any of the displacement, but rather p...
by Matteo V
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

The reason why volume plays a huge role, at least on a hydrofoil in marginal winds, is the fact that we DONT move forward to start with, we stand on the board and go nowhere at first, board is sinkingthe next slight puff or chopwave - instead of wasting the puff to do a waterstart (which is WASTE o...
by Matteo V
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

Peter, with my 2cm thin 150*50cm board I can fully submerge it on its side getting maximum grip and line tension when waterstarting. This means less Downwind drift and more power out of the kite thus easier waterstarts compared to boards with so much volume that you can't submerge and grip the wate...
by Matteo V
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

Here's what you are failing to realise Matteo, you don't need to support the full 75 kg. This works exactly the same for low volume SUP boards: sinkerSUP1.jpg sinkerSUP2.jpg Like I said, this volume is just for keeping you out of the water during lulls, but it makes a big difference between swimmin...
by Matteo V
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

Larger volume will plane sooner without question because it has more float , but low volume is more manageable once planning. Again, this is the misconception that almost all windsurfers carry over to kiteboarding. But even in windsurfing, volume over anything that floats with just a bit of freeboa...
by Matteo V
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

Volume has a major impact, in terms of "how low can you go", in terms of say hydrofoiling. How? What is the mechanism that allows you to hydrofoil in displacement mode on a board of less than 40liters? I use the Liquid Force KiteFish which is extremely low displacement. When the wind is very light,...
by Matteo V
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: light wind surfboard vs foil board
Replies: 125
Views: 20032

Re: light wind surfboard vs foil board

......and when I hit lulls I can keep riding this board when a less volume board wouldn't have worked. The volume only really helps you get through lulls though. Most kitesurfers have this misconception about volume, and again, this is a re-hash of the old debate. Much of incorrect assumptions and ...

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