I really agree that big guys need much bigger boards. It's not simple scaling. Big guys wave boards are one of the most challenging things to shape.
I think it will be an on-going endless battle for me to find the right surfboards.
Right now I'm focused on getting dialed with my light-wind kiteboard too. I want to eliminate every kite bigger than 9m. I'm getting closer... 10.5 is the biggest now, but not quite there yet and I end up being the guy taking photos on a lot of days (SUCKS!!!)
I just find that you have to have a different riding style as a big guy.... more power turns, and lots of sinking the rail.
Maybe it's technique or insufficient skill (and maybe you guys have some input here), but unless the waves are sizable I do'nt get kicked back by the lip like some smaller guys do. In turn, this means I feel like I can't go as vertical or I'll punch through the back of the wave. It almost feels like I need to actively not be as agressive (I'm not claiming that I'm an all-star or anything out there).
I very much change my riding style depending on the wave - much moreso than smaller guys, who can use a more similar attack on a wider variety of waves.
I guess the plus side is that I feel quite comfortable in slightly larger waves (and am actually usually MORE motivated to attack the lip than with the little waves).
I guess I just have a smaller "sweet spot" on the lip and in the pocket that I have to fit in. Maybe I just need to make a point of trying to realize that and not trying to force an off-the-lip, or whatever, if there isn't a lip powerful enough to send me off. I was hoping that a bigger board might help in this department though.
Also, for me (and probably a lot of the people on here) I have a concern for getting it down to 1 board.
I travel a lot and I need to limit my baggage - 1 kiteboard and 1 surfboard + 2 kites would be frick'n amazing and totally ideal. So that means I really need to find a good all-round kiting shape. Serious challenge for anyone, because when you spend the time, money, and effort to travel somewhere then it's a bit of a waste if you don't have the right tool for the job. One board means compromise, and that means you just can't get it right.
The worst is when you're at an epic spot with epic conditions and you know that the perfect board is sitting in your basement back home.
I guess ignorance is bliss in this case.
Hey everybody - don't read this thread! Just grab any surfboard off the shelf. You'll be happier if you don't know any better!
FuÂ©k it! ...I need to move to Hawaii.