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Bidirectional and directional boards

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  • Hung Vu
    Having ridden my wakeboard exclusively in the last few months and recently re-rode my small directional board here are my impressions: 1- Bidirectional board
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2001
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      Having ridden my wakeboard exclusively in the last few months and
      recently re-rode my small directional board here are my impressions:

      1- Bidirectional board has more balance regardless of how small the
      board is. This is probably due to the middle-of-the-board stance when
      riding a bidirectional (what this really means is that a large
      bidirectional is probably easier to learn on than a large directional)

      2- A directional board accelerates way faster than a bidirectional board
      (this would make a directional board ideal in lighter wind)

      3- However, when fully powered up , the top speed of a bidirectional
      board is probably higher (probably due to the thinner rail and smaller
      size? - remember that my wakeboard has very little rocker so it is a
      "fast" wakeboard)

      4- Jibing is way more fun on a directional than on a bidirectional

      5- Higher jump is easier with a directional

      6- Jump control is easier with a bidirectional

      7- Both types of board are so different that one should ride both to
      fully enjoy the richness of kitesurfing (what this mean is that I would
      consider a champion who does not know how to jibe a directional a
      "specialist" and not a "all around champion")

      Hung.
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