Types of Boards
Twin tips are symmetrical boards wich works in both directions without changing our feet.
Directionalboards, as the name say's, are working in one direction and have the construction of a waveridingboard with 3 fins at the tail.
You need to make a tack (turn against the wind) or a jibe (turn with the wind) and turn your feet.
Some words to the Twin Tips:
The right size of a twin tip depends on different variables
Your own level, your weight and the wind force.
As a beginner you should start your first lessons with a smaller Kite and a bigger board.
With a smaller Kite you don't get overpowered wich can get dangerous. A bigger board is more stable in the water and easier to ride at the beginning.
The more expirenced you get, you can choose a bigger Kite and a smaller board
Advantage of bigger boards :
Easier to ride, early planning, good for heavy riders
Disadvantage: If you are overpowered the board produce too much hydrodynamic up lift and you loose the control of the edge.
Strechedoutline: + good up wind performance, fast
Roundoutline: good turning performance
With Rocker we mean the curve of the board from the center to the tips
Advantage: a big rocker gives you a extreme turning performance
Disadvantage: a big rocker makes your board late planning and not that fast
The flex means how strong the board sag.
Advantage: boards with a soft flex absorb the punches in short waves and are comfortable to ride and more gently to your knees.
A softflex is better for smaller and lighter riders.
Disadvantage: the final speed is not that high
Hard Flex :
Advantage: high speed strong pop. the reset force of your board for jumping is very high.
Advancedand havey riders can jump higher with aboard with hard flex.
The underside of your board:
Monokonkave: boards with a monokonkave are early planing, fast and gives you a good control
Disadvantage: boards with konkave are not so easy to turn and switch like a plan board
Doublekonkav: early planing, more grip, good upwind performance, more control during landing your jumps
Withstance we mean the position of your straps
Small and light riders should use a smaller stance
Big riders should use a wide stance
Small advice: just jump forward and bend your knees. This stance of your landing youshould have on your board
To consider the result of a board.
Aboard that fits in all conditions doesn't exist.
It always should be a compromise of size, wide, rocker, flex, shape of the underside, your spot where are you mainly riding, your own level and style.
My tip: Test different boards with us we have a big range.