Re: wake vs. directional round 3 :)
Yeah, you can do some cool jibes on a bidirectional that are really
easy. I like to slide out the front end of the board and then do a
big low carving jibe. You can easily lay one arm out across the
water while doing this move.
The bottom surface of the RRD is different than the LW. The LW has a
P-Tex surface used on most snow boards and skis (makes me wonder if
waxing the board might make it even better). I have seen other
bidirectionals with this type of surface, but I haven't tried them
yet. I also use smaller fins on my LW than the ones that come
standard on the RRD. Whatever board you choose, you do want to pay
close attention to the fin size on a bidirectional. Deeper fins
allow the board to track better, but it also makes it more difficult
to release the board to do jibes, go toeside, etc. I kind of like
the loose feeling of the LW. I tried a Manta bidirectional
recently. The board feels like it is on rails which is great if you
are super-powered up, but not so fun when you want to do a little
Durability is important to me after I had an epoxy board damaged by
Delta Airlines. I have also ridden my board in water than was only
an inch deep and scraped the board along the bottom of the lake.
Sounds stupid, but it was a blast to ride in perfectly flat shallow
water. Of couse, it would have been very painful if I was pitched
--- In ksurfschool@y..., Mel <kitebord@p...> wrote:
> <fernmanus@y...> wrote:
> > Don't get me wrong. I like a good jibe, but it is not a big issue
> > with me.
> Whoops! I just read my quote. I meant to say ripping 240 degree
> important TO ME.
> > There are some really fun jibes that you can do on a
> > bidirectional.
> Yes. Heel turns, for example, and it does look cool to spin the
> exiting (looks to the windsurfers like a difficult trick, but is
> quite easy), or throw up a huge wall of spray by sliding on the
heel or toe
> > I am not exactly sure what makes the 169 Lightwave such a great
> > board. I think it is a combination of the smooth surface on the
> > bottom of the board and small fins.
> Aren't those characteristics normal on bidirectional boards? The
> have those features. The Naish 140 has some channels, maybe that's
> > It is also more forgiving
> > because of its size. However, I would like to try the Lightwave
> > shorter length.
> Me too.
> > I prefer my LF 142 Picklefork when jumping because
> > it is less awkward in the air.
> I think that makes nearly no difference for me because the
> the board remains nearly constant (no spinning or looping).
> > I think durability is also a big
> > issue even if you don't ride up on the beach. You always have the
> > issue of transporting the board around.
> I only meant that if I can take care of an epoxy sandwich
> epoxy sandwich bidirectional shouldn't be a problem.