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  • Carstens, Henning
    Has anybody tried to use a needle, they are very small and sharp in design? Henning ... ____________________________________________________________ List Site:
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      Has anybody tried to use a needle, they are very small and sharp in
      design?

      Henning



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      > Von: Jacques PETRY[SMTP:jpetry@...]
      > Gesendet: Mittwoch, 26. August 1998 16:32
      > An: kitesurf@...
      > Betreff: Re: [ksurf] board size
      >
      > Hello every body !!
      >
      > I also design my kitesurfs boards.. and tried to modify old
      > windsurfing
      > boards...
      >
      > I began with the allround 215 FONE board which is a good beginning...
      >
      > My tests :
      >
      > * 205x46 2.6Kg
      > -THE SHAPE
      > I already shaped a 205 x 46 board 2.6kg with less rocker than the
      > FONE215.
      > The rails are in fact very sharp and thin to improve upwind
      > performance.
      > The outline looks like a wakeboard : very large nose and big square
      > tail.
      > I kept volume on the center (7cm )
      > Just one wave fin 8.0
      > -On the water
      > Very good Upwind performance better than the 215FONE.
      > High Speed CUrves and Jibes.
      > Hard control in high winds (too large NOSE I think)
      > Less surfing performance (Rails too sharp and too thin!)
      > I don't think 5 fins is the good way ( Do you remember research about
      > three
      > fins windsurf race boards and it success) Or the famous BIC SHOW KEN
      > WINNER
      > REPLICA in the 80's!!! Have you ever seen surf boards with centered
      > fins????
      >
      > -----Message d'origine-----
      > De : Ian Young <IanYoung@...>
      > @ : kitesurf@... <kitesurf@...>
      > Date : mercredi 26 ao{t 1998 15:34
      > Objet : Re: [ksurf] board size
      >
      >
      > >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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