- I've fiddled with them. Made a harness for one where the bar
attaches to the board rather than your waist. It was good for high
speed downwinders - then you had to stop to save a luffing kite.
Had my local shaper, Jon Ashton, shape a hard board with four
fins (two rear..two midway) and took it to Cabarete. Nobody
down there was interested - except Tito, the one-legged kiter. He
usually held onto an old surfboard and skimmed along. I gave
him this board and the second tack he was getting upwind.
There's so much focus on 'getting air' that only a one-legged kiter
would probably have any long term interest.
And then here locally, earlier this Summer - I saw two guys with
some floppy old trainer and a cheap, little Morey doing knee
skims in the beach wash at low tide. One would launch the kite
and the other would go zooming down the beach like a
skimboard. That was pretty cool even with crappy gear.
I had my local Bodyboard shop get me one of the new TOOBS
stand up-board with a flip nose and stiff body.... and I've glued
the non-skid used on wetsuit knees as traction surface. I've got
a little 3.5 blimp to try it with. I suspect I can duplicate some
skimboard action at low time. Problem: touristas walk
up/down the beach and I'd hate to crash the kite into them.
Crashing offshore is no problem - nobody goes out there 'cept
I'll post some results. Cheers.