lastly..... stop riding your 136 twinny.... and go get yourself a big 150x46 twinny, or a mini directional.
let us know how you go!
***Disclaimer-I sell Litewave and many others...
ragzilla hit this right on the head. You never said how much you weigh or what winds you're flying this in, but that little 138 probably isn't going to be enough to get you going upwind if it's light enough to be flying a 17 in the first place. No one wants to fly the biggest kite and ride the biggest board possible, but the conditions dictate the tools. If you're primarily wanting to practice some wakestyle tricks in light wind, you'll need a board with some pop and rocker to get it done. That's a tall order for a light wind board. I'd recommend a Litewave Wing 155, unless you're as heavy as I am (230 pies), in which case I'd get (and I did) the 165. https://www.xlkites.com/boards/248-lite ... 5-165.html
You have a board and kite mismatch...it's all about balance between the two
At 100 kg 12sqm kite and 138x42 makes sense in the wind you like to use it
Definitely need a much wider board to track upwind with more ease ...but it does not have to be too long for doing your tricks
5 to 8 cm wider with flatter rocker would help
sounds like youre on a high rocker & stiff wakestyle board!!
f*@# that off real quick!!
you might think you look cool because you ride a wakestyle board..... but nothing is uncooler than riding wakestyle gear when you cant ride wakestyle.
I should know.... i ride a Tona and rarely unhook!!
the wrong equipment will hold you back drastically!
go borrow a friends bigger board and have a crack!
Im struggling with getting upwind on my turbine despite feeling pretty powered. It just seems to want to go downwind. I found I i can go upwind if i edge really hard but even then its not great. I've tried sheeting in but that does not do much either. I find it really hard to get the kite to fly forward in the window.
Anyone know what i could do differently?
Answer: keep the 42cm wide TT to go with the 12sqm. Buy a 5- 8cm wider board to go with 17 sqm. You are 100kg. There is nothing different you can do.
42 is too narrow..even when you edge hard you are really going sideways...keeping the 17 locked in the power zone...a wider board will send the kite forward
You will have more fun...you won't have to work at it
The Xenon Laluz is a nice board.
i used to ride my buddys until i snapped it.
i enjoyed it while it lasted though.
im a little heavier than you (anywhere from 110kg-120kg depending on yesterdays sh**).... and i wouldnt bother riding anything less than 141.
i have in the past bought 138's but i just get better performance out of a bigger board.
I also find that as a heavier rider, i get better perfomance out of a stiffer board. Remember that a stiff board to a 70kg rider, is just regular flex to a heavy rider.
Sure.... i can ride a 128 if i need to.... but i swear dude.... once you get the right board for you, after the first run you will say "holy sh**, this is what a proper board is supposed to feel like".... and your riding will be so much easier and enjoyable.
You will - edge less - point higher - jump higher - land smoother - ride faster - and progress
When i started, i bought a tiny 138x43 deck.... and i knew it was a little small than recommended but figured i would figure it out and know none the wiser.
( for the record, i also used to go out without a leash until some local came up and asked me where my leash was .... "what's a leash??")
That whole season i struggled to get any further than 50m on my natural foot. then id loose the board and body drag back to shore to find my board.
An entire season F***ing aroung with the wrong equipment.
Then a local put me on his big old 150+ board....... and i was instantly off and riding. swapped him my 2014 Naish dub for this old 150+ and by the end of the day i was riding toeside , transitioning easy, and load & popping.
I say this over and over......
get the right tool for the job.
light wind riding is an art..... i know heaps of local shredder who can rip big in the 25kn.... but they cant backroll in 12kn.
Dont bitch about your kite..... just go get a nice big 150+ board with no rocker.