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What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby frez » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:51 pm

Thinkin' about getting a new board...I like 135-138 cm x 38-40 cm in general. Anything shorter feels..well..too short really. Anyway:

Should I get the lightest board I can afford? Why is light weight an advantage or not? What are the weights of some boards out there?

Will be using it in 14-25 knots, 85 kg, moderate chop. Boosting, old school and simple wake stuff is my thang...

Cheers for any advice!

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Re: What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby tautologies » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:57 pm

I don't really know what the advantages of a light weight board would be....the 08 thorn was a little heavier than the 07, and I can't say I notice it at all. rather I like the increased width..and flex.

If the same holds for TT's that holds for surfboards...then lighter weights mean less strength...but of course this is not a given for all boards and materials.

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Re: What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby 20 m or bust » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:47 pm

The only place where light weight is a real advantage is carrying and jumping. It is nice to have a light board hanging from your feet in the air. The profile and concave determine riding characteristics. The boards like Crazyfly that are graphite fiber or similar constructed do not give up strength to get low weight. My Bro rides a crazyfly and he weighs 250 lbs. He rides it hard and as seen no strength related issues.

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Re: What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby ian c » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:03 pm

Weights of boards have crept up as companies adopt higher density wood cores (more cost effective). A bit of extra weight for strength is ok but I don't really like the feel of some of the heavier kiteboards around right now.

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Re: What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby CaptainArgh » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:26 am

Light boards are nice for jumping. They stay on your feet easier.

You probably don't need a superlight board...but you'd notice one on the far side of heavy.

I wish they'd list weight on specs, but they rarely do. Then it'd be easy to just pick a range you were happy with.

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Re: What's the deal with light weight boards?

Postby aeberl » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:23 am

If within a normal range, weight isn't usually ans issue at all. Of course it helps the shops to get the invenory moving, but other than that it has little effect when being riden.
If you get to the extremes, you can have too heavy as well as too light boards.
Heavy boards have a lot of inertia and feel like a flywheel when doing rotations, too light (like the J Lewis sprytray for example) miss some of the desired inertia that helps you to complete the rotations.
Anything between the 2 and 3kg should be ok and well within average.


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