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TIPS FOR THE FIRST-TIME BOARD BUYER

Jun 15, 2009

Author: Shane Thompson

There are a ton of options to decipher for the first-time buyer and choosing a new board can be confusing. Distinctions in outline, bottom shape, length, width, flex and construction all contribute to the overall performance character of modern twin-tip models. So when you’re deciding to buy a new board it helps to understand how different features translate into overall performance. Longer and narrower boards with more flex are generally easier to keep on edge and can track upwind easier than the short, stiff freestyle models. If you’re a beginner, don’t get a board that’s too short and wide or too stiff and unforgiving. With a board that promotes easy and straight line tracking it will promote good fundamentals. You can get a board that has performance that you can grow into, but don’t choose a board that is too stiff and aggressive. Looking at the bottom shape, you can choose between subtle concave to more pronounced concave on some models or more complicated multiple channeling. Concave will help smooth out chop and can make riding less on edge easier. Rounder outlines versus square parallel rails tend to be more carving and freeride-friendly. Square off tails and very parallel rails are characteristic of more aggressive freestyle shapes that aim to provide explosive pop for unhooked wakestyle manoeuvres.

Average board size chart for twin-tips for moderate wind speed.


Rider Size                   Length (cm)    Width (cm)

60- 100 lbs                  105-128        31 -38
100-150 lbs                 124-132        36-41
150- 180 lbs                130-142        37-42
180+ lbs                      132-150        38-44


Women-specific gear

Women and kids need smaller and softer-flex boards than men. Many brands offer their smallest boards in a series specifically for women and kids. Liquid Force’s Aura, Jimmy Lewis’s Sister, Crazy Fly’s Girls, and North’s Paris are designed and marketed specifically to women.

Be sure to check out the SBC Kiteboard test reviews to find the ideal board for you.



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