Beginner board advice
IMHO I think you would be best suited for the Wake n' Style boards by Lite
Wave Designs. Your novice level snowboarding skills will help a little and
you will have the quickest success with this board. A lot has been written
about these boards in this group. They are a kiteboard and eliminate a lot
of the frustration factors you encounter with wakeboards. At 145lbs, I
would definitely recommend the Wake n' Style 169 boards with bungee
bindings. I am an instructor for Kitty Hawk Kites and teach total novices
on this board and what I witness mostly is how much quicker they learn to go
upwind than someone using a larger directional. Thinner rails for holding
your edge easier, 3 stage rocker that gives you good floatation for a
twintip, easy in/out bindings with option to upgrade bindings later, and a
really tough board. I have a complete Wake n' Style with quad fins,
pro-locks, NSI pads, footstraps and bungees if you are interested.
Chris M. Moore
Subject: Beginner board advice
I'm thinking of buying a board so that once some warm weather comes,
I can learn to kitesurf. I'm interested in some advice weighing the
relative merits of a couple of boards that I've seen in classifieds.
I'm a decent waterskier (slalom), adequate windsurfer (longtime, but
no real jibing), good dinghy sailor (LONGtime), good downhill skier,
novice snowboarder, and I've never surfed. I weigh about 145 pounds.
I've been kiteskiing 3 times, which has gone pretty well in spite of
the very gusty conditions we have. It is likely to be fairly gusty
again on the lake I'll use this summer. The lake is deep, about 1
mile wide, and 40 miles long. Chop is frequently 1-2 feet or more
because of the long fetch with the predominately along lake winds.
I've seen a Naish Sky Pirate 7'6" for sale and an F-One 215. These
both seem roughly right for beginning, right? Would anyone care to
suggest merits of one over the other, or perhaps a different direction
entirely? I figure the gusty conditions favor a floaty directional
over a wakeboard (in spite of the ease of avoiding jibing).
Thanks for the advice!
Finger Lakes, NY
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- <banfield@...> writes:
> I figure the gusty conditions favor a floaty directionalCompared to sailboards, kiteboards are incredibly easy to jibe.
> over a wakeboard (in spite of the ease of avoiding jibing).
Unlike jibing sailboards, if you've got decent kite skills (spend all your
free time flying the kite by itself before you get on a board) you don't
need to worry about falling off a plane (just move the kite to power you
back up), or digging the front rail too much (just move the kite & the board
will follow), or even switching your feet at the right moment (just sail out
without even switching your feet, then switch them after you regain
- <hyperboutlife@...> wrote:
> I have been wakeboarding for 13 yrs and snowboarding forIt's ALL in the kite. I've read that good wakeboarders who get sufficient
> 7...and all i could do last fall at Hatterus was go down wind on my
kite practice first have no problem (& I believe it). I spent over 30 hours
with the kite in the air ( before & after work) before trying to get on a
board, & so I only had to walk upwind about 8 times (5 days). Guys who
started a month before I even got my kite were asking me for tips after my
first week on the water.