tomtom wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:25 am
Peter do you still think that you get benefit from bigger board with this wing? I found big board not only not beneficial but detrimental on Onda. Also do you think that in stronger wind its easier to foil on smaller wing?. I feel like i need ridiculous small kites on Onda and after WS 6m2 sails wind im rather on surfboard. My smallest kite is 7m2 althought... Maybe i should also buy different wings to make things more comfortable in medium and later maybe also stronger winds...
Definitely bigger board still a lot better regarding low end.
I had to stop my session with the 12 m2 because the wind faded to just around/under 6 knots, and on my medium 130 board I could just get up on the board yes, but it would sink so much when the kite was on the top of a loop or on the upstrokes of dives, that no way I could ride eventhough I tried many times.
If I had taken the bigger board it would be a lot easier to get foiling - also WAY easier to get out as I dont have to swim/drag/loop as far out, because it wont hit the bottom when on a bigger board even when not foiling, but would be able to get out and work to get up foiling.
There is absolutely no match between a big and small board, so much difference when in lower winds even with huge wing, and to me, no downsides.
Felt exactly the same superior effect of board size, as on smaller wings.
If you had a heavy big board it would be different of course, and you will get swingweight and it will feel clumsy and sticky to the water - not so if you got a superlight one.
I do change to smaller boards in more wind though, several sizes down eventually - as it feels more in harmony and right with the increasing windspeed, you dont catch the edges when water now becomes big choppy or bigger waves, easier to board drag out through waves.
Have only been out one day, yesterday, a handful of sessions with 9 and 12 m2 kites and different boards, but it was evident that board size had the very same positive effect in this wind 5-8 knots, in fact the same difference as on smaller wings
In a lot more wind board size doesnt matter, in a bit more wind it still does IMO.
Unless you are so good that you can ride without hardly ever touching down - I can not, many touchdowns or crashes especially when trying something new I can not do yet
I have no idea how it will work compared to smaller wavewings in higher winds, will take some months of riding to know as you have to be out in many different wave conditions, and also change wings on the given days, to know anything...
When the wind is beetween dead onshore and 45 degree, I dont like to ride surfboards anyways, and prefer to foil with small kites and wavewings, sometimes choosing my smallest wing.
But most often the WaveXL (790) actually, so will be interesting to see if the 1200 will by far take over or not, or have its own conditions where it will be preferred - I have no idea yet, but it will definitely be used in waves in some conditions, that is for sure even based on one days riding only.
Not nearly as nimble and lively as a wavewing half its size, but because it (can) ride slower, it can turn really tight anyways, and hang onto the wave.
It was a bit more about my first impressions at least