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How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:14 am
by sabraxas
Well, thats my question.
I usually see kiters foiling in 4 to 6 knots with big race foilboards, 150x50 cm aprox, 30 lts of volume.
But never saw a kiter with an 80x35 cm flat woodboard, like Greg Drexler's use, in 5 knots.

Some people say it really doesnt matter what kind and size of board you have above, It all depends in your own skills and the characteristics of the hydrofoil.
Is this true in extra lightwind?

I guess the size of the board does matter in the early gliding in very lightwind, till the hydrofoil begins to work. Am i wrong?

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:19 am
by Pedro Marcos
The size , volume and shape of the board does help ALOT in extreme lightwinds. That doesnt mean you cannot start in the same wind with a R1V2 19m and a much smaller board, it just requires alot more technique and no mistakes.

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:23 am
by stefarius
Hi Sabraxas, you are right. If you want to start or hit the water you like a small glide range
I use a 155 cm board in light wind under 8 knots.

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:36 am
by sabraxas
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:19 am
The size , volume and shape of the board does help ALOT in extreme lightwinds. That doesnt mean you cannot start in the same wind with a R1V2 19m and a much smaller board, it just requires alot more technique and no mistakes.
So, you say that i would be able to waterstart in 5 knots, for example, with a Tuna Spotz hydro with a 80x35 cm flat woodboard, a 19 m foil kite and a lot of skill?
Havent seen anybody in those conditions with that equipment.

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:41 am
by Pedro Marcos
sabraxas wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:36 am
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:19 am
The size , volume and shape of the board does help ALOT in extreme lightwinds. That doesnt mean you cannot start in the same wind with a R1V2 19m and a much smaller board, it just requires alot more technique and no mistakes.
So, you say that i would be able to waterstart in 5 knots, for example, with a Tuna Spotz hydro with a 80x35 cm flat woodboard, a 19 m foil kite and a lot of skill?
Havent seen anybody in those conditions with that equipment.
Yes, but not any foil kite, needs to be a race kite. The reason you havent seen anyone do it, its because it doesnt make sense to do it , because there is a much higher chance of you swimming along with your foil kite.

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:45 am
by sabraxas
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:41 am


Yes, but not any foil kite, needs to be a race kite.
Ok.
Have you ever seen anyone?

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:56 am
by Pedro Marcos
sabraxas wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:45 am
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:41 am


Yes, but not any foil kite, needs to be a race kite.
Ok.
Have you ever seen anyone?
The race guys go with pretty small boards these days, i can waterstart with my r1v2 17m in 5 knots with a single downloop up to foiling, so i dont need much board to do it. I do need the board when i touchdown gybing or tacking.

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:57 am
by sabraxas
Well, thanks for a much longer explanation, Pedro.
It does make sense.

But still have doubt if anyone can waterstart in 5 knots with such small board without a small gliding first.
In this case, we could even fix a stick with two pads in the mast

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:59 am
by sabraxas
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:56 am


The race guys go with pretty small boards these days, i can waterstart with my r1v2 17m in 5 knots with a single downloop up to foiling, so i dont need much board to do it. I do need the board when i touchdown gybing or tacking.
How much is pretty small?
what size of board do you use?

Re: How small a foilboard can be for very light wind?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:42 pm
by Pedro Marcos
For extreme light winds i use 145x47 with lots of volume, racers are using 140x40