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How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby 1234567Simon » Tue May 12, 2020 10:36 am

Dear All,
I just bought a kite surfboard (Slingshot Celero).

I also really enjoy riding with it in light Wind (12 Tube kite just flying but got to pay attention not to let it Fall down, no Chance with normal small Twin Tip going up wind)

Funny thing is, that jumping (with straps) still works super good (not high, not special, but great fun for me.)

Usually I land and touchdown soft. But you newer know..

How strong are these boards?
- getting soft
- delamination
- heel dents
- Breaking in two Pieces


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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby vela99 » Tue May 12, 2020 10:50 am

Hi

I jump my Slingshot Celeritas a lot and high too and not all my landings are perfect. It is soft in an area as big as the surface of a hand underneath and surrounding the front foot heel. I personally do not care and think the board will not break. The board looks really well build. I doubt other boards would take the beating as well.

If cracks eventually develop I will take it to acrepair shop. I do not like TT so I accept this drawback.

180 days of use with jumps every session.
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby TheRussian » Tue May 12, 2020 11:18 am

Jumping surfboards is great !!!

But don't expect them to last longer than 6 months before they snap, as although you land 95% feather-soft, the other 5% kills the board. Plus the loading phase can crack the area of the board around the fin boxes.

My preferred option is to have a really nice surfboard that is NEVER jumped, then use older/patched up boards for occasional/careful jumping, then my trusty Mutants for best of both worlds - short SB feel & mini-tuttle boxes than can withstand any loading & double thickness boards that are near enough indestructible
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby longwhitecloud » Tue May 12, 2020 1:44 pm

Full sandwich surfboards built like windsurfers hardly ever break - put it this way - i land very hard sometimes and try and ride out - unfortunately my ankle snapped first. - on the other hand I have snapped 10+ poly and epoxy boards - non sandwich - but i loooove light boards... so always buying good 2nd hand boards - usually grom boards.. sub 5'8

kite companies generally build strong heavier boards for a simple reason - dealing with warranties and losing $. i say if it breaks - tough luck - hard tho when you just paid so much. :-0
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby ELI » Wed May 13, 2020 3:36 am

I like Slingshot boards ,ride them hard and jump them. Have broken 2 after 3-4 years of abuse .It was worth it for the fun I had . Buying another this week to put in rotation .
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby vela99 » Wed May 13, 2020 2:16 pm

ELI wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:36 am
I like Slingshot boards ,ride them hard and jump them. Have broken 2 after 3-4 years of abuse .It was worth it for the fun I had . Buying another this week to put in rotation .

Me too, I really like mine!

(I had a North board before which became soft with much less abuse, no jumping at that time,and had terrible fin boxes. Slingshot build at another level.)

Just bought a Gong sandwhich board which subjectively looks really well build even stronger. Time will tell.

More likely than not my Celeritas will be my dedicated jump board, also after repair maybe in a year or so, and I will limit jumping the Gong.
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby wardr77 » Fri May 15, 2020 5:56 pm

Same here love riding small strapped surfboards, feels great! The TT hasn't seen the water for a long time; however I have busted two Slingy Screamer 5'2's in the past 4 years after a couple of bad forward roll kiteloop landings, but I have another in stock so all good :)
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Re: How Strong are Kite-Wave-Boards?

Postby TheRussian » Fri May 15, 2020 7:17 pm

I managed to get a Peter Trow / Stretch strapped quad 4'10 (with a faster tow-in rocker) for high wind boosting & waves - it works v nicely & is v tough... but should be for the cost!!
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