I have used a board with a "modern mini-simmons" outline (i.e. simmons with hips) to good effect for light wind. Quickly became my light wind go-to before I started foiling.
I might have told you about that previously.
It's 5'x22" with rocker only about 3" and tailblock pulled in to about 12.5" and a slight concave ~1/8" into vee out the back and runs split keel quads with the rears set in from the rail a bit.
The vee, fin placement and hips make the board more fun and practical in my opinion.
Rails are 60/40 from nose to cluster, down and moderately hard out the back.
I talked to Trip Foreman of REAL watersports awhile back about a simmons for kiting and he said it would be a disaster. In terms of a "real" simmons (not REAL
) he might be right, with the rolled belly forward, typical rails profile and concave to the rear. But I never tried one.
I really think you need to have the tail pulled in and bottom shape that suits kiting if you want good simmons variant.
And once you start popping over chop, some flex and a foam deck would be very nice, as I'm sure you know.
All that width is great for low end and compact length, but it can beat your legs in chop until you master it. And then it can still tire you a bit quicker.