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What to look for in a board

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Created by Intheozone Two weeks ago, 7 Sep 2018
Intheozone
WA, 230 posts
7 Sep 2018 7:36AM
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Hey all

Looking for advice, I have been kiting since 2001 and ij that time I have had a whole three twintips. My most recent TT I have had since 2009. Its time to upgrade however I am suddenly at the stage where as I have not looked at boards I don't really know what to look for?

I am 95Kgs and I guess my style is "performance freeride" My kites consist of 2012 North Rebels, 2017 North Evo and Core XR5. I love my current board which was the top of the range Crazyfly back in 2009 its a 132X40 so quite a small board and I tend to ride powered using a larger kite than most other people on the beach, the only thing I don't like is the amount of water that hits my leg and then comes up into my face.

What do I look for in terms of rocker, flex, concave, even size. I would like essentially a board that can boost high, but can also be used in surf.

Let me have you knowledge

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 650 posts
7 Sep 2018 10:49AM
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Intheozone said..
Its time to upgrade


Really? With all that experience? About the only advancement with TT board tech has been they are lighter and more resistant to scratches - but that depends on the brand/maker IMO.

eppo
WA, 6531 posts
7 Sep 2018 9:33AM
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nah boards much better since 2009.

Demo a nobile NHP if you can, carbon version. Plenty of other great options. Sounds like you ride similar to me.

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 105 posts
7 Sep 2018 1:11PM
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Probably best to simply demo a few boards that are similar in design to the one you currently ride and see what you like.

littlewing
QLD, 78 posts
7 Sep 2018 2:24PM
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i would save the hassle and grab a buzz stinger board. Either that or out of the boards i have had and tried from mates (crazy fly included which i really liked) best no spray, comfortable, good to ride powered, boosting, which will be good in the surf/chop (not riding waves) i have ridden is a shinn monk. At your weight i would get a 135 at least but they are a bit wider than what you ride at 42, the 133 is 41 but may have a bit more rocker than your crazy fly.

Nathe
WA, 313 posts
7 Sep 2018 6:50PM
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www.jimmylewis.eu/boards/model-iii/

cauncy
WA, 6280 posts
8 Sep 2018 9:22PM
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Depends on your conditions a lot, beach breaks chop n whitewash imho you want decent rocker and flex, been through a few brands and for me the shinn boards have great qualities in said conditions and powered riding, the xenon laluz and infra are also worth looking at
along with the nobile and new crazyfly Ltd, the last 2 lack enough rocker for me , the shins give off zero spray and I mean zero , I had some North boards that drove you mad with the volume of spray off you back leg, the new bronq and crazyfly Ltd are weighing in at 2 kg which gives a real spring in your step after long sessions, these are carbon so up there on price, bit of a compromise on waves as imho that'd come down to rider skill on a tt, if you want a 50/50 board then a small mako/ jimmy lewis / nomad wave/ etc are worth checking out, I'm currently in the same position and like the look of xenon infra, crazyfly Ltd, but I've always been stoked with all my shinns I've owned, no quibble warranty is also great if needed( never have), demo I'd say

Intheozone
WA, 230 posts
Thursday , 20 Sep 2018 7:55AM
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Depends on your conditions a lot, beach breaks chop n whitewash imho you want decent rocker and flex, been through a few brands and for me the shinn boards have great qualities in said conditions and powered riding, the xenon laluz and infra are also worth looking at
along with the nobile and new crazyfly Ltd, the last 2 lack enough rocker for me , the shins give off zero spray and I mean zero , I had some North boards that drove you mad with the volume of spray off you back leg, the new bronq and crazyfly Ltd are weighing in at 2 kg which gives a real spring in your step after long sessions, these are carbon so up there on price, bit of a compromise on waves as imho that'd come down to rider skill on a tt, if you want a 50/50 board then a small mako/ jimmy lewis / nomad wave/ etc are worth checking out, I'm currently in the same position and like the look of xenon infra, crazyfly Ltd, but I've always been stoked with all my shinns I've owned, no quibble warranty is also great if needed( never have), demo I'd say


Thanks for that.

I had a go on a mates 2018 Shinn Bronq, I loved how smooth it felt and the lack of spray was fantastic, however I felt it lacked a little pop to get some real boost to my jumps, although that could be me just needing to adjust my technique a little. I am trying to find a CrazyFly Ltd to try out.

Greenarrowz
NSW, 249 posts
Thursday , 20 Sep 2018 4:42PM
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Intheozone said..
Hey all

Looking for advice, I have been kiting since 2001 and ij that time I have had a whole three twintips. My most recent TT I have had since 2009. Its time to upgrade however I am suddenly at the stage where as I have not looked at boards I don't really know what to look for?

I am 95Kgs and I guess my style is "performance freeride" My kites consist of 2012 North Rebels, 2017 North Evo and Core XR5. I love my current board which was the top of the range Crazyfly back in 2009 its a 132X40 so quite a small board and I tend to ride powered using a larger kite than most other people on the beach, the only thing I don't like is the amount of water that hits my leg and then comes up into my face.

What do I look for in terms of rocker, flex, concave, even size. I would like essentially a board that can boost high, but can also be used in surf.

Let me have you knowledge




You really need a few different boards.
The 2 bronq heritage on the left have high flex high rocker great for boosting and holding down big power... super soft landings..they are fun in the surf but take power out of the kite ....on the flipside line tension is much higher so once you boost its on.
Pop is on the lower side but improves if your more aggressive.
Carving turns are tight.
No spray on legs at all.
smooth atomised spray pattern looks great in photos.
Side by side the Shinn Monk Ghost has the same high rocker and slightly more flex.

On the right side 2 bronq Qs have less rocker and less flex so pop is good and have a real dual concave bottom and stepped tail which gives extreme grip also great for boosting ...good in the surf.
These give a very controlled feel when carving and are less agressive board .... no spray on legs.
I have a 41 for top end wind
And a 44 for teen knot wind.
The 44 keeps me from riding my King gee too much.

Lastly once you ride a mako...
Youll probably want one.
High fun factor.
Very efficient with good bottom end , rides on the faster side.
Smooth carving awesome in the surf eats chop and rides up over the white wash easily .
Not the best for boosting but can be fun still ....give extremely good pop being a very stiff board...landings can be bone rattling if you land flat.
Land tail first is much smoother.
The rear end can slideout a lot so loading for an edge before boosting can be funky at times.
It can be dialed in to a minimum and youll notice it more on flat water...not so much in the surf.
Riden best with much more front foot pressure.

You can put bigger fins on and this helps a little.
Very adictive board.
Took me a while to work out my board quiver and realise some boards can hold you back.
So feel free to demo demo demo......... hope this helps.

dowls
NSW, 230 posts
Friday , 21 Sep 2018 8:54PM
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Vote for the mako been on surfboards for years. But with almost no surf last weekend tried a mako.

Kamikuza
QLD, 3384 posts
Friday , 21 Sep 2018 10:23PM
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Greenarrowz said..

a mako...
[..]
Very efficient with good bottom end [..]


I have never found that to be the case :(

What size you using?

Kamikuza
QLD, 3384 posts
Friday , 21 Sep 2018 10:25PM
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What to look for?

IMO -- channels.

Greenarrowz
NSW, 249 posts
Saturday , 22 Sep 2018 7:12AM
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Kamikuza said..

Greenarrowz said..

a mako...
[..]
Very efficient with good bottom end [..]



I have never found that to be the case :(

What size you using?


150... gets going in 14knts maybe less 90kg rider 13m edge.

froghoppa
NSW, 2 posts
Yesterday , 22 Sep 2018 9:45PM
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The 165 Mako king is a amazing board. If you ride in lumpy surf side waves there's very few boards that could compete with all that this board offers. It goes up wind second to none , It rides over chop second to none. It carves very well but this is about ability maybe more than the board. It allows you to surf on the wave not just get pulled along the wave. It is a heavy board but this you only notice on the beach however once you are riding it's bliss. This opinion is mine based on having many boards including the smaller mako's and the best naish has to offer with a few shinn and cab's in the mix. "Not a free stlye first pick".

cauncy
WA, 6280 posts
Yesterday , 22 Sep 2018 8:26PM
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froghoppa said..
The 165 Mako king is a amazing board. If you ride in lumpy surf side waves there's very few boards that could compete with all that this board offers. It goes up wind second to none , It rides over chop second to none. It carves very well but this is about ability maybe more than the board. It allows you to surf on the wave not just get pulled along the wave. It is a heavy board but this you only notice on the beach however once you are riding it's bliss. This opinion is mine based on having many boards including the smaller mako's and the best naish has to offer with a few shinn and cab's in the mix. "Not a free stlye first pick".


Totally different category, certain boards suit certain conditions and suit windstrengths,

cauncy
WA, 6280 posts
Yesterday , 22 Sep 2018 8:27PM
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Kamikuza said..
What to look for?

IMO -- channels.


Marketing wank imho

cauncy
WA, 6280 posts
Yesterday , 22 Sep 2018 8:37PM
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TS I'm deleting from my choice, the r n d on this board must of been in butter flat water, nice feel but highly frustrating constant spray coming off your back foot ,
just got a xenon infra, on loan really looks the goods, progressive rocker nice single concave flex in the tips , rounded outline, for me it looks like it'll tick the box for our conditions

Kamikuza
QLD, 3384 posts
Yesterday , 22 Sep 2018 11:56PM
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cauncy said..

Kamikuza said..
What to look for?

IMO -- channels.


Marketing wank imho


Fine, you're entitled to your opinion, however wrong it may be

bigtone667
NSW, 924 posts
Today , 23 Sep 2018 6:31AM
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froghoppa said..
The 165 Mako king is a amazing board. If you ride in lumpy surf side waves there's very few boards that could compete with all that this board offers. It goes up wind second to none , It rides over chop second to none. It carves very well but this is about ability maybe more than the board. It allows you to surf on the wave not just get pulled along the wave. It is a heavy board but this you only notice on the beach however once you are riding it's bliss. This opinion is mine based on having many boards including the smaller mako's and the best naish has to offer with a few shinn and cab's in the mix. "Not a free stlye first pick".


I have had two Mako Kings and a 150..... all got replaced by a Nomad Wave (non carbon, 150x50).

Brilliant surf TT.

eppo
WA, 6531 posts
Today , 23 Sep 2018 5:03AM
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The big K is right. Was gonna day something before he did. Mako is a very inefficient board, owned 3 in my time. Great carver in waves and fun. Too heavy overall.

Gonna try mates carbon nomad wave Tt hopefully in the next few days actually.

Nathe
WA, 313 posts
4 hours ago , 23 Sep 2018 10:04AM
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the mako is very inefficient , but great fun in mutant setting on downwinders. I had mine for about four seasons and have to disagree with it been an excellent carver. Maybe it's me but compared to my model 3 when I'm coming real hard out of a turn I've got a bit of a tendency to skip out the back end
i know I am pretty heavy on my back foot due to surfing most my life.
Anything you guys are doing different, style wise or setup .



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