RichR2 wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:37 am
Theres a lot of good things being said about the Groove skate but I'm wondering what in the design sets it apart from other pocket boards. Gunnar in his review says its 3.5cm thick but the Groove website says its thickest part is 10cm...confused...is it domed or who is better with a ruler Gunnar or Groove ? There's doesnt appear to be anything revolutionary about the plan shape other than its wide but not excessively, so it must be down to the rocker. Share the secret Groove owners, how much rocker
It's not 10cm thick, it's 3.5cm from front to back,
It weighs so little, I can't measure mine as it's nearly always wet, but I have never picked up a board so light, the deck from front to back is wide and perfectly flat,
The scoop in the nose looks quite pronounced, and I have never nosedived it.
Two things stand out about this board for me,
One is how it pops up so quickly onto the fly, not just a few inches but full mast height before the kite has completed its first dive, this is partly to do with the lack of board weight forward of the mast and less board touching the water just before the kite dive due to the nose scoop,
The other difference to my T60 Moses Carbon is the way the Skate carves around and then carves back, it's just so quick and smooth,this makes the Skate much more fun to use, very responsive, even twitchy, the T60 is good but you notice the extra length and weight when sailed back to back,
The only downside up to now is that it's no where near as easy to bodydrag out in any water state (flat or waves) with a direct onshore wind,
The T60 beats it easily as it will sit on its side using the extra volume and length to cut upwind much more easily, I have tried a few times now to find a method that works for the Skate,but as yet I have struggled to find anything that works.
Good job I always take both boards, as twice now I have give up with the skate and grabbed the T60 which has been a session saver.