I think you have some great points, but all this also depends on how we want to ride right. I would much rather have smaller board and a tad bigger kite, than a big board. My current board quiver that I use is the 5'4'' naish skater and 5'7'' naish global. Whenever I take out the global, I love the tail kick because it throws sooo much spray...but I do have to ride a bigger kite than the puny people.alpaia wrote: ↑Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:22 pmHi interesting post thanks for sharing.
Indeed industry is mainstrem / bulk of the rider market oriented.
I'm not huge but heavier than average (92 kg).
What I have noticed works :
- flatter / faster rocker especially at the back
-parallel outline, wide under the back foot (tomo ish)
-strapless as said earlier you adjust your center of mass to get the glide right
Does not work, or is a hinderence
-boards with kick tail, straps far back, pinched in outline
-volume does not help much to plane but is a pain in the chop / bigger conditions
Best boards to glide efortlessly, despite weight
-"tiki" the long "plank" with a kick nose - gets me upwind with less kite power in light conditions
-Gong made a board the "Matata" it is a mini simmons inspired Kite board - very effective and fast yet fun to turn
-I made my own board : a tomo like 165cm x 48cm, 42cm OFO with fast rocker in the back , very low volume. very efficient, wide wind range
Hope this helps
I tried it once, but havent had strong enough wind here to really try it. Did 1 tack and gave up...Just been foiling days
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