Same journey only I ended up on an axis tray 94 and skipped the thicker dwarfcraft. The 4’6” dwarfcraft was a waste of time. When I changed to the dwarfcraft micro I wondered why I waited so long. And then after awhile I was the same, look at all that space in front.oregonkiter wrote: ↑Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:33 pm^^^
Started on a big Alien Air for and rode it for a few months, years ago--PERFECT. Once I could stay on foil and start to mess with foot switches it felt way too big. I went to a more narrow 46 DC (137cm) and really felt like a mistake, in that it just seemed way too long still
Sold it in short order and bought the thicker DC 36 (107cm). Loved that board for a year. Seemed perfect. After 1.5 seasons it was starting to feel "unresponsive." The thickness made the wings feel less lively. Went to the 36DC Micro (thinner) once they designed it with tracks back far enough for surf wings--Perfect! Rode that for a year.
Then, the "extra" 7 cm at the nose was starting to bug me. I tried a 90 cm board, but at 6'3" it was too short for my stance. Bought the DC 100 cm in July--Perfect!
The only constant is change...
The tray 94 has a lot of width and carries it through the tail and a decent nose scoop so it probably pops up like a larger board.
I notice the new dwarfcraft 100 is a bit wider and has a bit more nose scoop than the micro so it should be a great board too,
We moved someone quickly this year, in a month a half from the alien air, to the thick dwarfcraft and it was easier for them.
So my experience is that riders do well on moving to the smaller boards.
I agree the guys who like to go fast seem to like a longer board and their stance tends to be wider. That generally means a faster smaller foil and that size becomes more important for getting going.
And yes, there is a lot of change and something that is too short or too long might not feel that way in a few months.