Re: [ksurf] New Wakeboarddesigns
- I can't tell you why a pin tail maybe he likes the way it looks . It might help
on those big power carves off the bottom of a ten foot face.
I just had my custom design made a 142 with a 1'' dimond tips and a 18'' long
channels on both sides of the rails . With four fins two at each tip. you could
say with the shorter rail will sit deeper when railing or that the dimond tip
will help keep you online through a turn but I just like the way it looks!!!
the tips are cosmetic width, bottom contour, rocker, and rail out line probably
have more effect on performance than tips.
Ronald Kittag wrote:
> Hi all,
> brousing through the latest issue of kiteboarding mag, I got the impression
> that the picklefork design is slowly becomming outdated. Still over 90% of
> the wakeboardpics are pickleforcs, but Elliot and Mauricio seem to use on
> their latest pics also different shapes.
> The cabrinah-board Elliot rides on the pages 21 to 23 is a single-fin
> pintail-board with channels.
> Mauricio rides something that looks like a LF trip (but isn't) in the
> airrush-ad at the back of the cover.
> While I could find an explanation why someone wants a squaretail (like the
> board Mauricio rides) instead of a swallow-tail on his (wake-)kiteboard, to
> give more pop off the wake, I don't know any reason for a pintail.
> A pintail has not signifficantly more area than a swallowtail in the
> tailsection so it shouldn't pop any better, but it has a significantly
> shorter edge so it should not cut as well. I don't believe that the channels
> can compensate for that.
> So what's the reason for pintails?
> Can anybody shed some light on that, please?
> Later Ronald
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- Hi Todd and all interested,
> the tips are cosmetic width, bottom contour, rocker, > and rail out lineprobably
> have more effect on performance than tips.I don't think it's all cosmetic.
assume you have two boards of lets say 145 cm:
-with a swallow-tail the running edge is almost 145 cm and quite straight
-with a diamond tail it's deffinately shorter (maybe 130)
-with a pintail it's again shorter and more rounded as well (maybe 125)
So at least the rail-outline is affected by the shape of the tips.
The pickleforks have multi-fins, long, straight, sharp edges a tripple-stage
rocker and are quite narrow. So basically - except of the channels on the
bottom - they have all the ingrediants, that make a wakeboard work well as a
kiteboard. The swallowtail is said to be helpful to control gusty
conditions. And if it's no placebo-effect I noticed that on my board as
The reason why I asked is, I want to determine if these new boarddesigns are
any better or just something new, that looks cool.
Any comments from boarddesigners? David?...