Hi Dude,kitejumping wrote: ↑Wed May 22, 2019 5:54 pmSo the closest legal water kiting spot to where I live with consistent wind is like 4 hours away, but I live right next to a big reservoir that allows windsurfing for half the year when it's not frozen (I snowkite on it the other half of the year). They allow SUP / windsurf boards / canoes / kayaks pretty much anything that can keep you out of the water when there is no wind, so i've been seriously considering getting one of those Naish Hover windsurf boards.
Anyone here have any advice or experience with windsurf foilboards? I've windsurfed like twice in my life (but I was able to get planing and upwind fine the first time out, was pretty fun) so am a complete noob when it comes to windsurfing.
Would I also be able to use the same Naish hover 122 or 142 on lightwind days with a small kite to roam around the lake and as an intro to kite foiling (as the volume should be enough for them to classify it as a SUP assuming I can lay on it without sinking)?
I watched a few videos on youtube on it and it looks pretty fun, but any pointers or info would be great. When learning about it in the past it sounded like the crossover foil boards (I think it was an AHD at the time) were super dangerous, and someone on these forums knew someone that rode one crashed and had to get a ton of stitches. Are the naish windsurf foil boards more developed and less dangerous than the SUP foil boards of 4 years ago?
This is a video of a Mike's Lab kite race board - about 190cm by 70cm and 90 litres. It's converted to be used as a windfoil board, but it could also be done in a way that kept the kite powered option. At 90 litres, you would probably want to be able to uphaul it, so would probably need to weigh <70kg. It would also be too difficult to learn to windfoil on if you couldn't windsurf.kitejumping wrote: ↑Thu May 23, 2019 1:54 pmYeah, so kiting isn't banned but swimming is, since the water barely gets above freezing they only allow watercraft that can keep you 100% out of the water. So no twin tips or normal foil boards. The other idea I had was to pick up one of those old high volume fone race boards, but I think it would be fun to get good at windsurfing and foil windsurfing looks more fun than regular windsurfing. Any wind powered sport would be way more fun that just paddling around on a SUP since the reservoir is too small to get any waves.
Windsurfing is easy to start learning but very hard to progress. With a big floaty board and a small sail you'll be shlogging around on your first try but getting on a plane, hooking into the harness and straps takes time. Windsurfing requires a lot more wind than kiting, even with 9-12m sails. Big sails are VERY heavy and learning with them isn't fun. You can find old longboards that will make light wind windsurfing days extremely fun but they're not an adrenaline rush and you don't get the same sensation as on a foil.
Well actually, I don't see how windfoiling would work to get started on onshore winds with 2ft beach break. Whereas the kite allows you to bodydrag upwind past the breakers until it's deep enough to start.
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