JoseTumaco wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:24 am
Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:59 pm
Agree elmarco, such a board and size is also what I find the very best allround and for high winds
Smaller pocket boards are fun in the summertime, but no advantages, only downsides.
Thanks Peter, I really apreciate your advice, can you explain a bit why you dont recomend boards less than 120 cm? I normaly kite 4 days a week at the sea in 10 knots with 12 M foil kite, so I want a nice board
Thanks, and I sure can.
When boards gets too short, you dont have any "nose kick" (scoop, nose rocker, whatever you call it).
Meaning you can not touch down without a potential crash lurking
Of course, you can stand with feet extremely close, and then have an even shorter board with nose kick - but for most riders this is not a good stance, especially not if you want to carve hard and have fun.
The agility advantage (swing weight) for even shorter boards is close to zero IMO and experience, it is only a mental thing . but can be important it you THINK it is
You are talking about riding with a 12 m2 kite?
If you are powered just fine, always, you can use any board also smaller if you like, a 12 m2 foilkite has loads of powerspike.
But if you ever get close to the low end, a tad bigger/longer board will work so much better in terms of pushing the low end even lower.
And there are no downsides whatsoever - as the board is so small and light if 110-120 cm for the average weights, that going smaller does not give any advantages - unless it is all in your mind, and you for some reason WANT it.
The boards 110 to 120 cm also works way better in waves, where the nose will just bump off the whitewater, which the supershort boards wont....
Personal preferences, I know, but when no downsides for this size, choose it, unless you have a desire for supersmall pocketboards mentally.
I know some might disagree, so be it, my experiences at least.