Are you telling us that every boards are equal in the chop ??? it is just a question of understanding the mechanic of how spray occurs ... and then a question of adapting your riding...Kiteus Maximus wrote:
No...that's not what I am saying. I said that 85% is the kiter and 15% is the equipment. The kiting industry does make board specifications for very specific results. However, they do not all make the same boards with the same results. Therefore you do have to adapt to some degree in order to get the desired results. Wake, surf, freestyle, light wind, etc...
Some of the specifics you were talking about like spray is purely rider inefficiency. I'm not saying you are an inefficient rider...just that in general I hear people talk about board attributes that I disagree with and consider them more marketing hype versus fact. I can kite in nearly any condition without getting spray in my face because I understand the mechanics of how spray occurs. However, as I said earlier that if a kiter is in heavy chop...chances are you are gonna' get spray regardless of the board you are on. Like I said...most spray occurs from the water hitting the outside of your forward calf. Think about it. Your forward leg is at an angle so that when water hits it...it will deflect water directly towards your face.
I know guys with 8 kite boards yet they always kite the same style and the same conditions. So does this mean they have 8 variations of 1 style or perhaps they simply are inefficient kiters? Imagine a golfer who has 8 different 9 irons in his bag.
At some point you gotta' realize it's not the equipment...it's the rider. Dial in becoming a more attuned kiter and you get more out of the gear you have.
Poor us inefficient riders that endured all that spray yet it was so simple to avoid...
some boards are way better when performing in the chop than others; and if you have to "adapt" your way of riding in the chop not to get spray in the face wouldn't you be better in the first place to get a board that doesn't spray you in the face if chop is what you ride most of the time ???
Why not get gear adapted to your type of riding in the first place ?