Variable length board in light wind
- For this summer, I started to rediscover my 5'9" Clam directional board
as a light wind board (I used to use it as a moderate to strong wind board).
I rigged my straps very forward the front so the board normally acts as
a 150 cm board and by pressing more on the back foot, the board feels
like a 140 board. By putting the back foot just forward of the back
strap, the board feels like a 160 cm.
To use the board in its full 5'9" length (175cm), I just put my feet
centered on the board (the front foot is front of the front straps and
the back foot is forward of the back strap) or in other words, treat
the directional as a bidirectional and ride it no-strap similar to a
Since the board is so light, I notice that to jump I just need to have
only the front foot in the strap and can grab the tail of the board with
my hand when in the air for more balance in bigger jumps, and of course,
nowhip back loop feel great on a directional, especially in under 10 knots.
P.S., Of course this 5'9" board won't be able to compete with my
legendary FOne 230 in the light wind cruising department but this board
is only 6.5 lbs and great for jumping when the wind pick ups.
P.P.S., For most of this summer, I was using the Waroo 16m for light
wind. A heavier weight kiter would need a 20m+. I have read somewhere
that someone exagerate that they only need 12m kites for lightwind.
This is a bit exagerated or they don't really know what is really light
wind kiting. While I am out on my 16m Waroo I have seen too many
heavier weight kiters wasting their time with 12m or even 16m kites
while they should be on 20m kites.