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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby vela99 » Sun Jan 28, 2024 4:32 pm

Check out the Applepeeler from Appletree which is their dedicated big wave board in the product range.
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Nice thin and long rails as well as nice flex for perfect carving and top quality build.

Not cheap though.

I have the 5'7 and very happy. I use straps.
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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby sflinux » Tue Jan 30, 2024 7:38 am

PaperKite wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2024 10:26 pm
I'm looking for a directional board for strapless kitesurfing in big waves (double overhead+). Currently I have a Duotone Wam SLS. I'm considering the following options:
- Duotone Session SLS
- North Charge
- Cabrinha phantom
- Slingshot XR

Do you have any recommendations? Any other boards I should consider?
Have you tried riding a quad? Looks like your Duotone WAM SLS is a thruster. I would look into adding a quad to your quiver.
Three fin versus four fin:

I haven't ridden any of those boards but rounded pintails and quads have a nice locked in feel for steep waves. Try running the power fins (large fins) in the rear for more drive, Richard Schmidt has been running this setup for years.
https://surfsplendorpodcast.com/085-richard-schmidt/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LioKLOpBlLs
In big waves I trust riding boards designed by Joe Blair (main shaper for Dick Brewer):
https://www.jblairsurf.com/kite-boards-tow-in-2/
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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby cmilea » Wed Jan 31, 2024 5:14 am

Most production boards are intended to be all around, they will be heavy and produced cheaply in Asia. In adition to this they only make a few sizes .... I would get a custom with XTR construction (tell them it s for kitesurfing) and you can choose from the most popular surfboards models/brands that are actually designed for surfing waves.

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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby Da Yoda » Wed Jan 31, 2024 6:26 am

The Elevate Curl CFT is hand shaped and (made?) in Portugal. I’m pretty sure mine says made in Portugal and is hand signed. I’ll confirm later.
I have the Escape model. The PU construction makes it ride like butter 🧈 No EPS!

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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby Da Yoda » Wed Jan 31, 2024 7:27 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 6:26 am
The Elevate Curl CFT is hand shaped and (made?) in Portugal. I’m pretty sure mine says made in Portugal and is hand signed. I’ll confirm later.
I have the Escape model. The PU construction makes it ride like butter 🧈 No EPS!
I was able to confirm. Their CFT boards are Shaped and Made In Portugal. No China made. No EPS. No BS. :nono:
I have some other surfboards, but my two handmade PU boards are definitely better performing (and lighter weight). :thumb:

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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Jan 31, 2024 7:58 pm

cmilea wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 5:14 am
Most production boards are intended to be all around, they will be heavy and produced cheaply in Asia. In adition to this they only make a few sizes .... I would get a custom with XTR construction (tell them it s for kitesurfing) and you can choose from the most popular surfboards models/brands that are actually designed for surfing waves.
Not sure I agree with this.

Many brands, not all, has really light (kite)surfboards, IMO too light, but I like them to last a bit longer.

Of course you can get even lighter custom boards, but often they wont last as long, no matter which construction.

8) Peter

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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby Flyfish » Thu Feb 01, 2024 12:19 am

cmilea wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 5:14 am
Most production boards are intended to be all around, they will be heavy and produced cheaply in Asia. In adition to this they only make a few sizes .... I would get a custom with XTR construction (tell them it s for kitesurfing) and you can choose from the most popular surfboards models/brands that are actually designed for surfing waves.
Totally agree with this. I believe the OP is maybe in the SF / Santa Cruz area. Can’t go wrong with a custom Stretch board

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Re: Surfboard for big waves

Postby vela99 » Thu Feb 01, 2024 9:27 am

Peter_Frank wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 7:58 pm
cmilea wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 5:14 am
Most production boards are intended to be all around, they will be heavy and produced cheaply in Asia. In adition to this they only make a few sizes .... I would get a custom with XTR construction (tell them it s for kitesurfing) and you can choose from the most popular surfboards models/brands that are actually designed for surfing waves.
Not sure I agree with this.

Many brands, not all, has really light (kite)surfboards, IMO too light, but I like them to last a bit longer.

Of course you can get even lighter custom boards, but often they wont last as long, no matter which construction.

8) Peter
Agree 100% and light weight is not a priority for a big wave surfboard at all for two reasons, build strength and not least some added stability when you torpedo down the slope.
(I understand that for big wave surfboards some shapers even put lead into the bottom center line area for added stability which makes sense.)


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