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New to skimming

Postby davejayc » Fri May 29, 2009 5:15 pm

Howdy Mates,

I'm an east coast canadian. Not many people out here kitesurf, let alone strapless kitesurf.

I've got some practice riding strapless, mostly on a 6'0 thruster. I've got a skim board in the mail, and am totally stoked.

I'm about 80kg, 6'4". My skim is 58x22" (or 147x56cm). I mostly want to use it for light winds and in small waves.
One question: How is the size? Did I go too big? (is there such thing for light winds??)

What size skims are most people kiting with?

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Re: New to skimming

Postby pebbles » Fri May 29, 2009 10:06 pm

That should be fine for you. Don't get frustrated, it takes time to dial in a new board. I thought I would never be able to transition without falling, then it happened. Now I'm trying aerials and riding chest to head high surf. I may never master the skim, but I'm sure gonna try!

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Re: New to skimming

Postby Lonny » Sat May 30, 2009 10:02 am

Hey DC,

Welcome to Lose the Straps! Thank you for joining!

I think you will find your new skim not too be too large at all - especially for your first board. Eventually you might get something slightly smaller, but right now you just want to get the feel using a skimboard. Since you are going mainly for light wind right now you will want a little extra length and width. Hopefully your skim has a relatively moderate rocker profile. We have a lot of good information on what other people are riding here:

Let us know how it goes and how we can help further!
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