Lars001 wrote:I believe this issue is more relevant than only in 2016. It would be a pitty for a kiter to order now a board and find him- or her-self in a position that he-/she is not allowed to participate in 2013 in that class.
In some windsurfer classes they allowed to add some weight, but not 20%!Rattlehead wrote: Not really a relevant point...
If you had a 5.0 kg board and in 12 months a min weight of 6 kg is brought in ... Easy when you register to race , all your equipment is measured and weighted , you simply add 1 kg of weight corrector to the board . , this has been happening in dinghy / catararan racing forever . In the class rules there are certain places you can an can't add the corrector weights.
Hard part is if you have a board which is say 7.0 kg it is very hard to loose that extra 1kg .
If you go a lighter board as the board gets older and heavier / all boards take on some moisture and at some stage will require repairs which gain weight , You can decrease the size of the weight correctors , so you always have a board which is on weight.
I had thought the same thing in the past. The weight of the board is such a small portion of the rider/board combo, who cares about a few kg? But someone noted that it is like unsprung mass in a car. Not all weight affects the ride equally because your knees are flexing, isolating the acceleration of the board from the acceleration of the rest of you. As the board goes over some chop, your legs come up and then back down again, but your whole mass is not moved up by that amount.isaldarriaga wrote:Does a difference of 1-2 Kg in the board really matters taking into account the rider can variate weight between 10-20Kg? I mean 6-10 years ago i was 70Kg , now 92Kg, a variation like that could be the case of any rider. If the rider start lossing some weight, is this going to let him perform better considering the whole combination human+board mass, or just the board is what really matter. Considering the mechanics, the position of the rider, some vertical component should place weight on the board, the more the corporal mass, the more the presure on the board, the more linear momentum of the whole thing. I know there are a lot of another factors, but does someone has records correlating corporal weight vs. speed performance and argue board weight is irrelevant? I don't know the answer...just let us know.
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