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How to make your board faster

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  • mrjomacdonald
    An old trick that windsurfers used to make their boards faster will probably work on kiteboards too. What you do is get some fine wet + dry emery paper and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2002
      An old trick that windsurfers used to make their boards faster will
      probably work on kiteboards too. What you do is get some fine wet +
      dry emery paper and pass it over the underside of the board using
      water. As you go you'll feel the water starting to cling to the
      surface of the board, so that if you run your hand over the part
      you've just done it will slide, as if it's on oil. Do the whole of
      the bottom and the rails but be careful on sharp edges because you
      don't want to remove a lot of the surface finish, just rough it up.
      This is also why sharks are so fast in the water because their rough
      skin traps water molecules so their body slides through the water.
      It probably won't make much difference in a powered up situation but
      underpowered I reckon it will make the board a lot faster.
      It's also a great way to clean up an old board.
      Jo
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