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Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Archer77 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:34 pm

Hi All!
I have found a good bargain on a 5'8 wave board

exactly this https://www.f-one.world/product/kite/bo ... ture-flex/ at 550 euro fins included
5’8 174 x 46 cm 5’8 x 18.1″ 21 liters 3,42Kg

I'm 77kg for 177cm tall, I'm between beginner and intermediate on twintip but never tryed a wave board...

I have a 9 and 7m Ozone Catalyst V1 that I think could work on some Onshore long waves that are usual in north Sardinia

thank you!
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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Matteo V » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 pm

Coming from my experience at 100kg, the width looks to be a cm shy of what I would want, but perfect for you.

That said, I would go with the next size down unless you have some fantasy about this being a "light wind" board. In either size, it will likely not be better in light wind than a regular, but large, TT. And it will definetly not be better at light wind than a light wind TT "Door".

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Archer77 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:55 pm

Matteo V wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Coming from my experience at 100kg, the width looks to be a cm shy of what I would want, but perfect for you.

That said, I would go with the next size down unless you have some fantasy about this being a "light wind" board. In either size, it will likely not be better in light wind than a regular, but large, TT. And it will definetly not be better at light wind than a light wind TT "Door".
Thank you Matteo, normally I ride 2 TT measure, one 141x44 on light wind and the other 135x41 on the upper end, but wave speaking I think would be better a little bigger so like the 141x44 TT correct? 21 liters are not too little? I see the mitu 5'8 have almost 24 liters volume...

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby or6 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:04 pm

That's a good size for you, archer. Go for it.

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Archer77 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:59 pm

thank you Or6!
now from a brief internet research I see that brand like Duotone and Core are suggesting 5'10 and 24/25 liters for my weight...
I don't know how much change going for 5'8 and 21 liters of this F-One Signature...

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Matteo V » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:17 pm

Archer77 wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:55 pm
21 liters are not too little? I see the mitu 5'8 have almost 24 liters volume...
There are 2 schools of thought on volume in kitesurfboards:

1. The dedicated strapless crowd, who try to simulate the limitations of prone surfing with kitesurfing, feel that volume is necessary - or at least beneficial.

2. Then there are those who are not dedicated to strapless. Sometimes they do go strapless, or they don't buy into strapless at all. But they do understand the differences and benefits of both. This group typically does not see any benefit of more volume over less volume.

Personally, I have debated with many on the topic of volume in kitesurfboards. But every argument I have heard only winds up proving that volume in a kitesurfboard is of no benefit, AND mostly a detriment to performance.

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby or6 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:33 pm

Archer, Matteo has a fair point...some people think volume is important, some don't.

There are many factors that will influence your feelings about the board....volume is only one factor. The way I see it: you're going to have a lot of fun on the board. And then in a couple of years; you'll get better and better, and you'll try other boards, and you'll know exactly what you want....

Instead of looking at the suggestions by the brands themselves I'd ask people from your homespot which boards they like, why they like or even if they think the mitu would be a good size. A lot depends on the waves you get. The brands suggestions don't take your typical wave into account. Unless you're from Hawaii :-)

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby jonysan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:37 pm

Hi Archer,
I think it will be a good purchase, I am 75K, and slightly shorter than you, and ride a 5'8 F One Mitu, sometimes I wonder if I should have bought the 5'6, would it have made any difference to my riding? I doubt it, for your weight and height I think the 5'8 Signature will be perfect, it has slightly less volume than the Mitu, but will be a very responsive carvey board. I've attached a link to Christophe's videos, he's riding a Mitu in a few of the instruction videos, but the more recent ones are on a Signature, which he raves about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9J-oyLfP8k

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby jonysan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:41 pm

Just found a link to Signature video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei8LdkHZbmQ

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Re: Choosing size on a wave board, please help

Postby Slappysan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:33 pm

That board is a true wave board meant for head high fast waves, is that really what you want?

Most of us don't have those kinds of waves where we ride so if you are in the same boat as the rest of us, get a board that is more suited to our mushy chest high and lower waves. That means giving up some length (it's a bit too long for you anyways) and gaining some width. To be honest all the f-one boards are a little too thin for real world conditions but if I had to choose one the Slice would be it.

I unequivocally recommend the Wave Bandit Performer 4-10 for your weight. You wont find a better value board ($150 USD amazon) and for real world waves this this is flat out amazing.
You can check out it here:
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4'10" x 19" is the perfect size for your weight and height. At 2.5 kg you wont find anything lighter, not even the smallest of the f-one Carbon boards can match it.

Also riding real waves often means the need to wear a surf leash, there is no other board that will make you feel as safe with a leash on.


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