SMJ wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:47 am
Blackened wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:34 am
Are you looking at getting rid of all your boards to replace with a single? Or are you wanting to keep one of the existing ones, like the Spike for lower wind days?
Looking to keep the existing boards. I guess I should detail where the current boards are coming up short:
The OR Mako's don't pop well (rounded tail and are ridden with equal foot pressure).
The Spike Textreme does not handle chop at all (spits water in your face unless the water is butter and it's brutal on the knees).
The LF Overdrive is probably the closest thing I own to what I'm looking for, but it's not a fast board and handles chop only moderately well.
The OR Smoothy handles chop great, but doesn't hold an edge well, so I can't hold down a lot of power.
The door boards...need no explanation.
The size you asked for is a bit hard to find. If you're not getting rid of the existing, then I'd say go for a smaller board. It's much easier to hold down more power from the larger kite you'll be riding for bigger boosting. At 100kg, I ride a 137 or a 138x41. If you do decide to size down to use a larger kite, it opens up a much larger list of boards, like the ones you already listed.
Off the top of my head, I could only think of two larger sized normal boards:
1. Flysurfer Radical 6 (144x46)
2. Slingshot Misfit (147x43.5)
I've not tried either of these boards. This year the Misfit apparently got a little more flex to help with chop as well. There's also the Naish Traverse, but I don't understand the point of that board.
I've been told width is the king for upwind performance versus length. It's also listed on viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2398639&sid=0e8eb6b ... 114f402787
. There are a reasonable amount of options that are decent in the chop and relatively quick. This is a quick list that fits the relative size you're after with the characteristics highlighted:
1. North Atmos (144x43)
2. Duotone Jaime (142x43) - Rides a size big.
3. Crazyfly Raptor (143x43)
4. F-One Trax (140x45) - I have the Carbon 137x42. It's actually not harsh in the chop, but sprays a lot if the straps are not in the perfect position.
5. Ozone Code V2 (144x43) - I'm not a fan of the rounded shape and prefer the Torque.
6. Naish Monarch (143x42.5) - Rides at least a size big. The smaller sizes are stiff AF.
As carbon boards tend to be designed to be quite stiff boards, I left them off.
For those of you reading this and want to tell me off for not suggesting your favourite board:
1. This list is not exhaustive and what I thought of off the top of my head.
2. Eat shit and die.