Put your back foot in the center of the board when you start in super light winds. Front foot always in the strap unless you tack. My rule of thumb is if I can fly the kite I can ride the board. The "biggest" danger is if I am out the wind died, and instead of keeping speed, I stall the kite if I fall. So I light wind I try to be extra careful making my turns.Kamikuza wrote:Went out today with the biggest one - 190x70 - with the Speed2 19 cos it was light wind ... 6 knots and falling. Not enough wind really I know but I was hoping it'd pick up - it didn't
So ... I kicked the fins, sunk the windward rail, stalled the tail, got lobbed over the other rail fun and games!
The one question I should have specifically asked, I didn't - how are you supposed to water start?!?
Struggled to get up on the board for a bit until I played around with different ideas ... I ended up with my backfoot in the strap on the rail, front foot in the center of the board (strapless!) and got up and riding like that ... bimbled along slightly downwind a bit but couldn't get it up to speed - wind was crap. And the weeds were like hitting a wall
Moved the rear strap to the center and it was easier to get up, but harder to ride. Then the wind dropped right off and I gave up.
Tomorrow maybe. Certainly, the board floats and the fins bite but I can really feel the drag from them, compared to the slippery door!
I did not find any spec on 190x70 board's volume, but it seems to be big. Say, if a 70kg person stands on it, does it still float?tautologies wrote:The boards have a lot of volume so you can almost balance on them.
Yes for sure. I am way more and it floats me. Note though I am used to standing on small board on my SUP, but in terms of volume it will float.RalfsB wrote:
I did not find any spec on 190x70 board's volume, but it seems to be big. Say, if a 70kg person stands on it, does it still float?
Going super fast in ultra chop can be challenging. On windier days we generally have 1-2+ foot chop, going really fast makes you work for it. Going in ocean swell is fairly straightforward. Going as fast on a TT I would say is still impossible. In terms of riding long distance, I would rather take the race board in any condition over the TT even in chop.Another question - if I want to ride reasonably long distances in choppy sea, how easy and comfortable it will be in comparison with a rounded twintip?
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