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Small Boards

Postby gmb13 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:37 pm

The few posts about Foiling on Wakeskates and/or small boards has reminded me about my UFO board I designed back in 2010.

Most of you know if from my How To videos. It's 120 x 50cm x 3.5cm.

It has a deep W Concave and was originally designed without straps in mind. I did put some inserts in later when I needed them for jumping and tacks.

I have since retired the board, but I am still thinking that maybe there is a market for a board like it.

What do you guys think? Should we be thinking of a production run? Great for traveling for sure as it's small and only weighs 2kg.

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Re: Small Boards

Postby Peter_Frank » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:10 pm

I like it :thumb:

Difficult to say whether the market is there...

But as more and more get into hydrofoiling, and only a fraction want to race (typically the first ones into want to race), the desire for freestyle and waves are there.

A big board is good for learning, but when you can ride, a small board is awesome.

So maybe the sport has matured to a level where there will be many who want a small board ?

I ride (and like) small boards myself, indeed :naughty:

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Re: Small Boards

Postby dwaynej » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:04 pm

Buddy bolted his foil to an old twin tip board. Works great!
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Re: Small Boards

Postby darippah » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:46 am

I'm very interested in a small board but I'd like to see something that can fit in my standard suitcase and the trunk of my Miata. or any standard compact car trunk for that matter.. it would have to split and I see no harm in going down that route for a travel board

currently I keep all I really need in my tiny trunk, including

2 kites to cover the full wind range we get here with a twin tip and hydrofoil (12m s4 and 8m s4)

a home made splitboard twin tip that I can mount on my hydrofoil ( i prefer to use my surfboard in case of a self rescue though so this is more in case of emergency :wink: )

harness and foil

I know I'm a bit strange in this matter but to each their own I guess :remybussi:

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Re: Small Boards

Postby dwaynej » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:24 pm

darippah wrote:I'm very interested in a small board but I'd like to see something that can fit in my standard suitcase and the trunk of my Miata....
Based on my friends experience, I say any twin tip board would work fine. For travel, may want to consider a split twin tip board or even a piece of plywood from the local hardware store.

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Re: Small Boards

Postby SteveGranite » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:41 am

Nice Flick, The board looks great! There is a market in smaller boards that can fit in kitebag. I have an old two piece twin tip, that I made in 2000, thinking of mounting that. But its a bit skinny, 16.5 inches, Hard rails too, not sure how that will feel on dips. I am learning strapless, so a bit more width might be nice. It would be great if it can do both kitesurf directional/foil or twintip/foil, probably can't get it all into one small board kitesurf/twintip/foil.


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