Touching down crossing bigger white water is not a viable strategy. A longer mast is your best friend, you want to clear it if possible. But if you are riding a smaller board, you've got a much better chance of surviving being clipped by white water as you cross over. You can get away with punching through the top of it more easily, with less board for the white water to catch.Horst Sergio wrote: ↑Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:27 amBut as said, even with the low experience in waves I have. I am sure to cross white water bigger size is important. I have been happy here with my old exo 125 x 44 cm, but have some doupts if my actuall 110 x 40 cm will be big enough. But it is also much about the shape. The volume race shape in the small size is for that and for lowind start much worse than a flat in direct comparision of the shown green and red board, but I just need the volume to handle my foil kites in cold water with safety.
For me the key observation that makes <1m more normal, is that when riding a genuine surf wing, you really don't plane at all. It's VTOL. So it comes down to what you need to stand on.
I was astonished how different and how much less agile, and less fun it felt when my 97cm board broke, and I had to go back to a 135cm board. So now I've built a new one that's 84cm, based on where I stood on the one that broke. This is a question of personal preference - based on where the footstraps are, Horst's stance looks a lot wider than widest I ever stand. When I get onto a wave, where I widen the stance about 5cm on either side from how I normally ride, but it's still never more than about 70-75cm.