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  • Michel Montmigny
    ... Hello Axel, For sure dont look for the biggest board. It should not float. As exemple, Lenght: 215-230 cm Width: 50-54 cm weight: 5 Kg use a Surf
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 26, 1998
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      Axel Schmidt wrote:
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      > I am looking at modifying a surfboard to use for kitesurfing is it
      > best to use the biggest surfboard i can find or do i go for the widest
      > or the one with the most bouyancy {thicker}? is it better to have 3
      > footstraps {2 angled at the front} or just 2{straight front and back}
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      Hello Axel,

      For sure dont look for the biggest board.
      It should not float.
      As exemple, Lenght: 215-230 cm Width: 50-54 cm weight: 5 Kg

      use a Surf Leech, 2 or 3 fins, One foot strap in the back
      and 2 foot straps in the front, the same than a Funboard.


      Have nice breeze

      Michel Montminy

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    • Luka Baranovic
      Hello everybody!! LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY I WILL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE!!!!! If you want to use ordinary windsurf board use as smaller as possible, as lighter as
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 26, 1998
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        Hello everybody!!

        LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY I WILL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE!!!!!

        If you want to use ordinary windsurf board use as smaller as possible, as
        lighter as possible. I tried to kitesurf with 282 cm board and it was
        hell!!!
        When you fall you will probably have to turn the board and position it for
        the direction you want to go while your kite starts to dive and gives you
        pull. Imagine doing that with 215cm 4 kg board and
        282 cm 10kg or 250cm 6kg. YOU REALLY FEEL THE DIFFRENCE!!!!! And when you
        finally turn
        the board and start to surf imagine how easy would be to control a 215cm
        board. My 282 and 250 boards were like tankers. When you are on the board
        only direction is DOWNWIND with 40 - 60 deg. left or right. My friend
        borrowed me a 202 cm board 3 kg. Total control of movement and direction.
        Totally different story. And when I fell i didn't curse at all... no
        problem I said I'll start again in 15 seconds.

        So please don't do the same mistake I did!!!!!!!!


        Luka from CRO Kitesurf Extreme


        On Wed, 26 Aug 1998, Michel Montmigny wrote:

        > Axel Schmidt wrote:
        > >
        > > I am looking at modifying a surfboard to use for kitesurfing is it
        > > best to use the biggest surfboard i can find or do i go for the widest
        > > or the one with the most bouyancy {thicker}? is it better to have 3
        > > footstraps {2 angled at the front} or just 2{straight front and back}
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        > Hello Axel,
        >
        > For sure dont look for the biggest board.
        > It should not float.
        > As exemple, Lenght: 215-230 cm Width: 50-54 cm weight: 5 Kg
        >
        > use a Surf Leech, 2 or 3 fins, One foot strap in the back
        > and 2 foot straps in the front, the same than a Funboard.
        >
        >
        > Have nice breeze
        >
        > Michel Montminy
        >
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      • Ian Young
        Axel, ... I agree with Michel that you need to keep the board relatively short and more critically it needs to be narrow so that you can dig the rail in and
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 26, 1998
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          Axel,

          > I am looking at modifying a surfboard to use for kitesurfing is it
          > best to use the biggest surfboard i can find or do i go for the widest
          > or the one with the most bouyancy {thicker}?

          I agree with Michel that you need to keep the board relatively short and
          more critically it needs to be narrow so that you can dig the rail in
          and prevent side slip/ get better upwind performance.

          A more buoyant board will get up and plane quicker but tend to side slip
          more (particularly when water starting) as the rail will not sink into
          the water as deep. Windsurfer boards (even with centre boards) don't
          seem to "grab" enough water from my limited experience with them.

          I have found significant improvement in upwind performance by sharpening
          the rails. My personal preference is for three fins but am
          experimenting with a five fin 1.7m x 0.35m glass board that I hope to
          have out on the water in the next few weeks.

          > is it better to have 3
          > footstraps {2 angled at the front} or just 2{straight front and back}

          from what I can see it depends if you want to swap your feet over when
          you jibe. I haven't tried it yet but am quite comfortable on both tacks
          with my feet staying in the same straps - it's just like skurfing or
          water-skiing! I only have two foot straps, front one at a diagonal but
          centred and the rear strap straight along the centre line.

          Cheers,
          Ian

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        • Michel Montmigny
          ... Hi! toms, I really not a specialist but I have friends that are doing kitesurf since sometime and,I am sure you will have more fun with the smallest board.
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 28, 1998
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            Swell wrote:
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            > Hi all,
            > Since i am trying to learn flysurf, i am very very intrested in this
            > discussion. I got a Wipika 8.5. I also got an old wave funboard (bic
            > alto) 2.57 m long. It weigths about 7kg. I think this is a bit heavy,
            > but for moment could it do the job?
            > I also own an old shortboard (6.6'). This board is much lighter. What's
            > the best solution : to the old windsurf board or to put straps on a
            > sligtly shoter board?
            > thanx in advance.
            > Toms (using swell, my brother adress till next week).
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            Hi! toms,

            I really not a specialist but I have friends that are doing kitesurf
            since sometime and,I am sure you will have more fun with the smallest
            board.

            The biggest one keep you afloat to much.

            Have nice breeze

            Michel Montminy

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          • Luka Baranovic
            Please tell me the prices of those boards FOne 215 FOne 230 and all others you are using... Some guy is selling a 202 board for 870 DEM (German Marks) ...
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              Please tell me the prices of those boards

              FOne 215
              FOne 230

              and all others you are using...

              Some guy is selling a 202 board for 870 DEM (German Marks) ... around
              500$.

              Thanks!

              Luka




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