65L Started winging july 2021 with kitefoiling backgroundhappywizz wrote: ↑Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:39 pmInteresting topic!
Im 75 kg. Foils: SAB W800, SAB BM799
Below my board volume history and impressions.
1. In June 2021 I started with a 140 l board I could borrow.
2. After 3 times I bought a SAB95 liter. Found it much easier to gibe and overall handling than the 140 l board
3. Sold it after using it 10 times because I was thinking a 75 l board would be ok and smaller easier for transport. Bought a Naish 75 l Found again an improvement of the handling on the water compared to bigger 95 l board. So a further upgrade.
4. After 15 times using the Naish 75 I got an extra Groove Wave 65 l board, again i found doing gibes/wave riding easier. Sold the Naish 75. But with tougher conditions it is more difficult to start (b4 I used the stinkbug method) - board flipping over and slipping away - compared to the 75 l board. So I had to adjust but it was doable. A little bit less low end compared to the 75 l but more fun.
5. To challenge the limits and because I thought a smaller board will have some advantages in particulier conditions I bought in december 2021 an Appletree 35 l wing board. With the stinkbug method as easy to waterstart as the bigger boards, in choppy/high wave conditions easier as the board is below the waterline, also to get through the shorebreak is far less difficult. BUT you need CONSTANT strong wind, otherwise you are fucked. So with the 35 l board I tend to use a bigger wing than I would use otherwise, just as a safety measure. Which is a negative because I prefer the smallest wing possible. On the other hand, the smallest board is much easier to tack, to pump and is more agile in the waves. All in all if my life is not in danger I will use the 35 liter.
For who doesnt know what the stinkbug waterstart is:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0GWY5qZ9EU&lis ... arding.com
Works perfect, its also the method I prefer now for my 65 l board. Only downside is that you dont see the waves or wind gust coming.
Between 13- 18 knots I use the Groove 65 with SAB BM799 (Wing 5.5/4.5)
Between constant 18- 25 knots I use the AppleTree 35 with SAB BM799 (Wing 4.5-4.0)
Above constant 25+ knots I use the AppleTree 35 with SAB W800 (high waves) (Wing 4.0-3.5)
Above 18+ knots If it the wind is really gusty/unpredictable or now in wintertime I use mostly the Groove 65 with the W800. (Wing 3.5 - 2.8 )
For a holiday by plane I would only bring the 35l board.
Negatives of a smaller volume board:
- meed constant strong wind.
- to get up the foil needs twice the pumping
- no safety fallback
- mostly will use a bigger wing compared to a high volume board
- handling on the water (it just fits like a glove)
- getting through the shorebreak
- waterstart in choppy/high wave conditions
- (much) cheaper, the higher the volume the higher the price for wing boards.
- dual purpose with foilsurfing
After learning on 75L used a 55L a few weeks.
Today I use a 34L kitefoil board from 14 knots - 18 knots on 4.5 slick and a 25L armstrong 3’11 SKT board above 18 knots on q 3.5 slick. Sabfoil w1000 or w800 when breaking waves.
I think a sinker not so small is much worth it after you develop the stinkbug start.
One more positive thing about small board is getting out of water with totally dry wing just tilting the board after riding waist deep water with wing high in one hand and grabbing the rail with other.
Everything becomes so much simple but I don’t go out below 13 knots or until there are small wind bumps.