Smaller boards are much easier to release from the water. I always found LW or big boards to stick. I think just a smaller board will give you that 10% without even going for a Big Air specific rocketship. If you can, give a bigger riding 138/137x41/42 board (like a Monarch) a go and see how you like it before committing to a 146x44.SMJ wrote: ↑Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:06 pmSolarSet,
No doubt my technique is (at least) 90% of the problem! I'm trying to address the technique issues with boosting specific lessons from my local kite instructor.
If you look through my lineup of current boards, you'll see none are ideal for boosting. When I switched from Switchblades (that I still love and use all the time) to AV8 kites, I immediately added ~2m to my jumps (also own a XR5 and Soul, but the AV8 just suits me best). I feel like I'm ready for a bigger air board, so I'd like to gain that 10% or so that a good boosting board may offer - which I plan on having for years to come.
SMJ wrote: ↑Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:43 amSeasons Greetings all,
I currently have a few twintips (OR Mako's, OR Smoothy, LF Overdrive, Duotone Spike Textreme, and a couple old doors that collect dust), but none excel at big air, and that's the direction I'm moving towards.
Here are some factors:
1. Bigger rider (107 kg / 235 lbs)
2. Older (over 50) - knees aren't what they used to be
3. Intermediate level rider (sending 5 - 7m jumps, downloops but not doing powered kiteloops)
4. Conditions are typically 13 - 23 knots at our local spots
5. Plan to use the board with straps not boots
What I'm after in a board by priority:
1. Bigger board (at least 145 x 44)
2. Holds an edge really well (grippy) and releases well
3. Soaks up chop (minimal spray and easy on the old knees)
4. Good pop
Boards I'm considering (other big board suggestions are welcome):
1. Carved Imperator 6 145 x 44
2. Core Fusion 4 147 x 44
3. Vanguard Axis 148 x 46
I really like these boards but have crossed them off the list, since they're too small for my size given our local wind conditions:
1. Duotone Jaime Textreme 142 x 43
2. CrazyFly Raptor (LTD & Extreme) 142 x 43
3. Naish Monarch 143 x 42.5
4. Cabrinha Ace Hybrid 141 x 43
I'd appreciate comments from bigger riders (100 kg and up), but all opinions are welcome. Please refrain from suggesting smaller boards (less than 145 x 44) that are of no use to a heavyweight in moderate winds. I'd love to hear from anyone who has time on the Imperator / Fusion / Axis.
Thank you & Happy New Year!
Most of the people replying are 100kg+. But, this is true. Boards are typically built with weights in mind, but also flex. In my experience, the same boards in larger sizes just have more flex. Some of the manufacturers (like Crazyfly) list their flex ratings, so you can see how the sizing compares in their arbitrary measurements.GJibb wrote: ↑Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:46 am... IT FLEXES WHEN ITS SUPPOSED TO BASED ON YOUR WEIGHT, not some 180lb jerk off saying its stiff because they cant physically change it.
Anyone says change to smaller board size are either too light or too cocky. Sure you can "hold more power" but f***, you're on a bigger kite based on weight anyways so that's idiotic.
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