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Re: Kite Surfboards vs "normal" Surfboards

Postby Trent hink » Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:10 am

Beardytello wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 4:50 pm
Whats the difference between a kite specific surf board and a normal one?

I'm a way off needing one but eventually I'd like to try strapless surfboard for a laugh.

Just interested really, are there differences?
The difference is mostly marketing. Sure, you can’t go jumping around on just any surfboard, but try to find a kite-specific board that is designed to work well in your local conditions.

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Re: Kite Surfboards vs "normal" Surfboards

Postby Matteo V » Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:18 pm

Trent hink wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:57 am
Five fins is silly. Use four for a locked in feeling, or three to generate lift and power through the turns,
From an earlier post:

https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index ... n.html#new

Bushflyr wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:37 pm
Here's a good little thread on "nubsters" (5 fin setups) on the zone.

https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index ... n.html#new

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Re: Kite Surfboards vs "normal" Surfboards

Postby Jaco » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:00 am

Recommend going to your local surf shop and shopping the used board rack. Cheap and low consequence. Can buy a stack of used surfboards for the price of one new “kite surfboard”.

For flat water, chop and small waves, any kind of groveler style board will treat you fine for your first months. Under 6ft and less than 35l of volume, less if you’re lighter.

Break a few boards and then find a more durable version of the shape that treated you best.
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Re: Kite Surfboards vs "normal" Surfboards

Postby Matteo V » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:32 am

Jaco wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:00 am
Break a few boards and then find a more durable version of the shape that treated you best.
There is no more true measure of a kitesurfer, not trying to make kitesurfing into prone surfing, than smashing some surf boards to bits.

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Re: Kite Surfboards vs "normal" Surfboards

Postby mgs » Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:17 pm

With respect to non-kite specific equipment I purchased a Zap Ace 54” Skimboard that cost just under £300 back in 2015 and works perfectly well for my needs.
It’s fully decked out with unifiber deck pad so no need for waxing and no fins or straps to worry about either.
Just jump on and go!!


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