longwhitecloud wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:49 am
......but we will have to beg to differ about a bit of extra volume being useful with kiteboards in light to moderate winds sometimes.
I know I'm going to get crap for beating this one to death, but there's lots of newer kiters with or without prone surfing experience, who are getting set up to believe in something that is demonstrably untrue.
The third best proof of volume being absolutely useless, and any attempt to show that it is useful falling flat on its face, is when you see someone try to actually demonstrate volume being used to hold them up on a stop. When you see these videos or do it yourself, you will notice that it takes about 1 to 2 seconds to slow down to a stop, another second for the board to sink where volume is actually producing a buoyant force, and then another second to violently dive the kite to provide enough power to start moving again because the board is sunk and at the absolute highest drag state it could possibly be in. This is, without question, useless in kitesurfing, and I have yet to see anyone standing on a shortboard or even fun board where it is stopped in displacement mode and that stop helps them get on the next wave. There are literally a hundred ways to avoid this "dead on the water / needing tremendous amounts of kite power to get moving again", state. Here are some,
1. Slow to one knot but keep the kite high and powered up or even wiggle it back and forth to provide lift so that you can travel at 1 knot or less while still utilizing planing forces to keep your body weight that is not supported by the kite from sinking the board.
2. Cut over to toe side and cut back hard upwind. This even lets you look around more so then stopping dead in the water, and you still have momentum to continue with just a little kite power, without having to use a powerful dive of the kite to get going from a submerged state again.
3. Tack, or double tack quickly. This is another way to stop from sinking the board and having to use a tremendous amount of kite power to get going again.
The second best proof that volume is worthless in kite surfing and kiteboarding, is that no twin-tip actually uses volume, even the lightest wind twin tips do not attempt to add volume to the top of the board for any reason.
But the very best proof of volume being useless is that it is seen as detrimental even in prone surfing. Every good good shaper does whatever they can to make the lowest volume prone surfboard, and is constantly battling the question of where can volume that is needed to paddle onto the wave be put so that it does not reduce performance while riding a wave.
The good feeling that most with previous surfing experience described from a high-volume board, is that "corky" feel that they actually like. Sometimes a little bit less control and less performance is it a good thing if you're focused on simulating the limitations of something else. That is the psychology of volume in kitesurf boards.