Kiteus Maximus wrote:.....I like maximum amount of flex which lends to better pop......
kas911 wrote:Kiteus Maximus wrote:.....I like maximum amount of flex which lends to better pop......
I like your ass but i disagree with your statement. Stiffer boards pop better than flexy boards IMO. But as you say, everybody has their own preferences
DirkGently wrote:Well your analogy still sucks because nothing is "RIGID".
a limp noodle board will deform outside of an ideal riding shape when you load it up, and the energy coming out of it as it regains its shape will be minimal.
a perfect stiffness board will deform just enough to store up the energy, but not so much it bends in half and starts to bog down because of the shape. then you have max energy stored in the overall system.
a overly stiff board for your strength & ability will not allow you to load up enough into the board.
to the OP if you're 6' 190 and riding a 132 there is your problem right there. I'm 5'7 155 (in street clothes) and ride a 142. I will not ride a board smaller than 138.
just to put my plug in, airush livewire 142
Peter_Frank wrote:I must say, I dont think anyone of you are right here
I have no facts (yet) about this, but the stored energy in the board would be almost nothing at all IMO, so a too soft and too stiff versus a medium soft board, does not contribute to "energy" in any significant level whatsoever IMO.
I think (I dont know exactly, I admit, just my intuition and experience) that the difference is purely the dynamics of "correct" flex for a given board in given conditions (and maybe for a given rider too), will allow you to make the most efficient pop that gives you the best release and takeoff
So just as with kites and waveboards and everything else almost - I think it is the overall combination of physics and dynamics that is essential for giving the best (individual) board, so not about stored energy really, but all about getting a clean harmonic dynamic feel in the board, when you load and release
Just my thoughts...
PS: I think I know exactly what you "miss" in TT's now you've become a directional addict !
I got it the same way, and had to move to a bit wider and more flat TT that went higher upwind and going early, as it felt useless to just go back and fourth with a "mini" board in order to make ONE huge jump, and then back and fourth again....
But I found, that going for more voluminous TT's were not the way - simply choosing some that went a bit better upwind (flatter, wider, straighter lines), was my "new" solution.
Personal taste, I know - as of course a more curved board feels way more "directional" like and smooth, in tight carves - but on the other hand, you GOT a directional for that - so what you miss on your TT is most likely the ability to go upwind really well ? (or just me ?)
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