1234567Simon wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:16 pm
I read somewhere that you could easily change the fins to a normal fcs fin.
Would you think it is possible?
Well it is certainly possible, but it would be a one way transition. The higher performance Catch Surf softtops come with FCS boxes that are secured via the standard nylon bolt through.
You would have to hollow out room for the box though, thus the one way conversion. I'm not sure if they are easy to get either, but you could buy a trashed board for cheap and salvage the fins. Both my 54 Special and Stump 5-0 have them.
The fins in the Beater are not the same as the standard nylon fins in all the other boards though. The standard nylon fin you'll find in most softops (even Wavestorm) is actually pretty good. I also love the way the Performer 4-10 carves as a twin, and twins have less drag. Agit global (the company that makes Wavestorm) has a version of the Performer 4-10 under their Stormblade brand, but they have switched it to a thruster setup so that ruins it IMO.
Matteo V wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:07 pm
Riding through lulls is not about sinking the board like in your video. Once you do that, you are moving at less than 1knot. And think about that for a second - how could you ride "through" anything at less than 1knot??? Add to that the fact that it takes more power to start moving from a stop or near stop, than it does to just continue moving without stopping.
Matteo V, you and I will never agree on this topic. I've spent countless hours on a Shinnster and many different volume boards, it makes a difference.
What I'm trying to demo in the video is that when the wind drops to the point you can no longer plane (or have to cut downwind to plane) I can float almost stationary on my board, not losing ground until there is enough wind to continue riding. It's not easy as you'll be knee deep in the water, but the kite gives you a lot to balance with (especially if you aren't holding a gopro in one hand). If you are on a 0 volume board and the wind lulls you only have 2 opions:
1) loop the kite and head downwind
2) sink and wait, then when you do your water start head downwind
I will routinely be the last one on the water, riding my 9m + fat surfboard when all the 12m people have gone in. I can hold ground on my 9m in about 11 knots, it's not fun, but often the wind will come back if you wait, so I can slog instead of swimming in.