Sorry, I didn't word my question well. Can we leave weight out of it and discuss volume? To help touchdowns, what do you think minimum vol is? (I understand there are many board factors besides volume, but it is an important one.)Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:14 pmI dont disagree - a heavier board is no good
Size matters hugely in marginal winds, but that was not your question.
But at my mediocre level where I sometimes get down on the surface in transitions, even up to medium winds 8-9 knots (lots of wind for foiling), volume and size has huge benefits IMO.
The important thing is, that if you make a board with more volume, same size, it can be even lighter and also superstiff, OR, you can make it bigger and same weight and still a lot stiffer.
Stiffness means everything IMO, and lightweight is key, especially if a bigger board - not so important with really short boards, where it doesnt matter much.
When sufficient wind, lots of wind actually, from 10 knots, the smaller the board, the better.
This makes sense. For gentle touchdowns, is the right rocker most important?jakemoore wrote: ↑Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:00 amI think a no volume board is an easier waterstart especially in light winds.
For touchdowns especially in chop I like my board with volume better. But I don’t think it’s the volume that helps but rather the shape of the bottom that gives a gentle touchdown.
In the lightest winds if I touch down and come to a stop during a foot switch I like the no volume board again. Once it sinks 8 inches the balance and footswich becomes easier. And once the kite is moving I’m up on board and then foil quite soon.
Most of my foiling is on a 900 cm2 wing, mostly underpowered with the kite.