Ale5jandro wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:43 am
Pj sofine wow, your input really concerns me now.
Im 195lbs and 6"5.
Since i thought im quite heavy and tall i was gonna go with the bigger board they have which is cf raptor extreme 142 x 43.
So being im 6'5" should i go with something smaller?
Should i go with the ltd instead?
Thanks im advance to you all guys!
I usually weigh around 190lbs at 6'1 but went down to 170lbs for my last big trip a couple months ago and was using the jaime textreme in 139x42. I am kiting for a bit over a year now and bought the board without testing it before. My riding level is probably intermediate now, can do 8-10m jumps of flat water, backrolls, basic strapless on a surfboard, baby kiteloops, heliloops, downloops.
Even weighing 170lbs (fit) and kiting in only a shorty, it was not a problem to hold the edge with the board. Only problems were when I was really powered on my 9m rebel and would send the kite fast from 10 to 12/1, then it would sometimes pull me over my edge but pretty sure that can be fixed with practice. Sending the kite from 11 to 12/1 for a jump was not a problem to hold the edge. Should probably also mention that I would not or only a click or two depower my kite (click bar). It is definitely easier to hold down power with not perfect technique on a 136x41 or 133x39 board, which I was using from friends during the trip from time to time but I still prefered my jaime in 139x42 over those boards.
The only thing that is not nice with the board is flat water chop, ocean chop is no problem. Well, at least I did not enjoy how the board was in flat water chop in 25-35 knots. It always gives good feedback from the water and if you bump over a lot of stuff (chop), you'll feel that a bit more, probably because of the bit of carbon that is in there. When you manage to pop correctly it is amazing, board starts gliding pretty early, fun to "surf" some waves with it and very easy to just cruise downwind, very nice in powered carves, hot landings are easy to take. My left knee is a bit damaged from an inury 10 years ago but the board is not rough on the knees in my opinon.
Board is very light and the 2020 straps are better than the 2019 imo and I wouldn't worry about the straps breaking and even if they do, looks like duotone will give you a replacement.