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Old 10-30-2006, 02:43 PM
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Default da fast gear...

it would be interesting to see what kind of gear most riders will be riding for the tampa event.

Board:
in 13-20 mph:
20 plus mph:
twin or directional:
length:
width:
fin size:

Kite:
bow or c:
size in:
13-18 mph
18-22 mph
22-28 mph
28 plus

Rider weight:
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Old 10-30-2006, 02:48 PM
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hi, im Toby ,
in 13-28+ I will be riding my super narrow Mako and 20.5 machine,
if it reaches 35 or so i might switch to a 17.5 machine, depends on how i feel :shock:
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:00 PM
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for me, i'm not sure on boards, but i am limiting my kite selection a bit.

13-22 mph: new contra 14
22-28 mph: CB2 12
28+: CB2 12 or 9

i'm not sure what the wind was this weekend on sat when we ran the course, but i would have been faster for sure on the CB2 12. i had some board issues that i fixed back in miami for Sundays dw. just checked my weight... yikes! 172! i'll be going on a crash diet... too many beers.

PS. it looks very good for wind this coming weekend in Mia on sat and sun. we will likely be doing 22 miles from Hollywood to Virginia key on Sat. This is will be a run at your own risk type of deal, but won't be too bad. it will be 20-25 out of the NE. good testing but left foot forward.

Kent
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:01 PM
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probably on my 12 switchblade, unless it's over 30, then on my 7

either my 133 custom
or possibly 122 FLX
might have a smaller cabrinha board by then..

I weigh 140lbs
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:50 PM
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No Danny, you got that ALL mixed up...It goes 25.5 Machine up to 28, anything over, the 20.5!!! :twisted:
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:50 PM
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JUST KIDDDING!!! 8)

The only 2 things for certain are that I will be riding the Mako and that Kent will be egging me on to go ahead and get on the water regardless of what I rig!!! :lol:

Kent, having trouble feeling sorry for you and your beer belly...6'6" & 255 lbs(was 260 lbs, lost 5 lbs trying to save my a$$ on that 20.5 Machine sunday)... :lol:
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:53 PM
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16 waroo in any conditions
128 speed board
i weigh 150
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:25 PM
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Unless the wind is hitting really hard, I'll be on my 13 fuel and caution redline 122cm.

If it is hitting really hard, I'll be on my 9m fuel same board.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:43 PM
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advice needed..

i ride in the gulf a lot but never have done a downwinder of this magnitude.. i have a 160 rrd board that is great in the swells and chop of the gulf.. its not an upwind machine like some other boards.. but in this case that is not an issue... i have some 2 inch fins to to put on to replace the 1 inch on there already.. would large fins hinder me in any way? would i benefit from them??

i am racing for fun and would rather be safer than faster...

thanks!

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Old 10-31-2006, 10:14 PM
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Default right board- right kite and good technique

Longer and narrower is better than short and wide. Concave helps smooth out the ride as well.

It helps to ride a board that you can stand up on top of and put almost half of your weight on the front foot to be fast down wind. The more you can balance your body on top of the board the lower you can go. Practice getting turned downwind and then find your boatspped angle that allows you to park the kite at the 10 oclock angle (on starboard tack, right foot forward) and 2 oclock on port tack(left foot forward).

If you have the right size board and the right size kite you can just park the kite while going downwind and not need to move it much except to change directions( missing a wave, swell or choppy area)

The idea is not to edge the board downwind but to only edge when you decelerate from going too low (too far downwind) and losing the power in the kite, as you then have to edge slightly to go upwind to catch up to your apparent wind.

It takes a lot of practice as most kiters reach down wind and have not played with the ability to go as low as possible.

Best thing is to test boards, fin combinations and different size kites so you know what works best in all wind speeds.

All you need to do is go 3 or 4 minutes down wind with one of your buddies of similar ability and see what works. Then just go back upwind again and change something and do it again.

Once you are happy with your board, fin, and kite selection, then you can concentrate on doing downwinders to refine your board riding skills.

Its also good to skope out the course so you know when you can go in and out of the surf and obsticles.

Hope this helps

gebi
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