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Slalom specific twintip

Postby peterbjarke » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:19 pm

I came across a company I never heard about before: https://www.upeksha.net. They produce a slalom specific twintip named Gawa. First twintip specifically designed for slalom or are there others ? According to the website the boards are suited for big air because they can be controlled at high speed. Anyone who have tried these boards ?

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Peter

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby rynhardt » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:24 am

:rollgrin: No, but my knees ache just thinking about it

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby Pemba » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:44 pm

Never heard of them but it's an interesting and obvious idea.

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby windmaker » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am

Why would anyone want to race a twin tip as it is the slowest and least efficient board on the water compared to race boards or foils? Sounds like a donkey race to me...

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby NorCalNomad » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:54 am

windmaker wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am
Why would anyone want to race a twin tip as it is the slowest and least efficient board on the water compared to race boards or foils? Sounds like a donkey race to me...
Kinda the same reason someone would do a spec race series I guess? But hell driving a Miata, or an econo box fast is way more fun then trying to go fast on a TT.

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby Pemba » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:05 am

windmaker wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am
Why would anyone want to race a twin tip as it is the slowest and least efficient board on the water compared to race boards or foils? Sounds like a donkey race to me...
Because most people have a twintip. Why have a dedicated twintip race class ? Don't know really. I guess it makes racing more accessible.

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby or6 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:39 am

Maybe this slalom board is no slower than raceboards or hydrofoils? Might be loads of fun.

Or maybe it's only slightly slower than raceboards and foils... bound to be cheaper, though.

Will be hard on the knees, probably. Especially after a big air. But raceboards are hard on knees (and ankles) as well, and they don't jump very well.

I'd love to join a competition, here in Holland. There is a (rather small) hydrofoil race comp, but I can't afford it. Of course, these slalom boards profit from a race specific kite, would make the racing expensive anyway....

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby Toby » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:35 am

They are finding a niche...and getting Olympic racers is a good move...looks like they perform well, according to the podiums they posted.

Becoming Olympic there will be an increased market for such boards...

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby plummet » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:01 pm

windmaker wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am
Why would anyone want to race a twin tip as it is the slowest and least efficient board on the water compared to race boards or foils? Sounds like a donkey race to me...
Imagine running a race in 40 knots and 5m swell right through the surf. That would be awesome. Race board/foil board simply wouldnt be usable in those conditions!

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Re: Slalom specific twintip

Postby Toby » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:57 pm

In China few years ago they had a race like that!

Twintipers took out the race board riders !


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