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Old 1st November 2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default Kode 68/74 On Choppy Flatwater

I'm looking for a high wind solution board, bft 6 and up. During high wind my spot gets quite big chop over large long swell. I don't have access to waves. Also, I weigh 55kg. Would these boards be appropriate for high powered, choppy flatwater, or would you recommend something else?

Personally, I like the idea of a board that turns well in these conditions. Also, the weight of both boards is phenomenal and as these conditions would lend themselves well to jumping a wave design with light weight is definitely a plus.
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Old 1st November 2009, 09:48 PM   #2
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My 7-8 bf board in large swell/chop (freshwater) is predecessor Acid74, but I have about 30+ kilos more. For your weight, a 74 will be too big in more than 6bf. You need 68 if not smaller, don't know your location, maybe some gorge sailors could give advice. I always wondered what do 50 kg sailors use in high winds - customs I suppose.

I would be wary of the very light carbon boards in hairy conditions. There have been comments that new carbon Kodes are a bit clattery, maybe wood is better for control, haven't tried for myself.
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Old 2nd November 2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks, wow. I think that anything under 70kg should be fine considering I'm using a 106l board in high winds at the moment. I would consider the prokids Quad or something but unfortunately I'm 17 and am still gaining weight. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 2nd November 2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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Think you`ll find kode a bit hard in chop. (especially Carbon) I tried k94 and even with my 100k (ish) it was hard in chop. It is quite wide for its volume and think at your weight you`d need to go very small to cope "easy" in chop. Think you`d prefer Acid.
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Dont think you could go too small ; you`ll be swapping board in under 2 seasons anyhow so dont worry about weight gain !!!

good luck,,
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Old 2nd November 2009, 10:50 PM   #5
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At your weight I think the Kode 68 will easily work the best for high wind. If you're worried about that the ride is to hard, you might wanna go for the wood models, not wood carbon. In super choppy stuff they actually ride a bit softer. I would also say that relative the old Acids, a similar sized wood Kode is if anything a bit softer and easier in chop.

The question is more if you feel ready for such a small board. A Kode 74 will clearly be a bit more forgiving.
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Old 3rd November 2009, 06:34 PM   #6
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Think you`ll find kode a bit hard in chop. (especially Carbon) I tried k94 and even with my 100k (ish) it was hard in chop. It is quite wide for its volume and think at your weight you`d need to go very small to cope "easy" in chop. Think you`d prefer Acid.
Try a few..

Dont think you could go too small ; you`ll be swapping board in under 2 seasons anyhow so dont worry about weight gain !!!

good luck,,
Why would I swap a board after 2 seasons? The slight improvements in performance developed over a 2 year period are hardly worth paying $2000 for if you've already got a good board. They ARE worth paying when you're going from a 106l freerider from 2005 with soft deck syndrome to a smaller, lighter and more recent board. In fact, I've been dealing with chop and high winds so far on my 106l, which is already a SO MUCH better than the 130l bic I used to use which was just retarded for my weight, (but it was my first board, i thought it was small at the time, etc,etc) that I think that just about anything smaller/more modern will have more control/comfort in higher winds.
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Old 3rd November 2009, 06:36 PM   #7
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At your weight I think the Kode 68 will easily work the best for high wind. If you're worried about that the ride is to hard, you might wanna go for the wood models, not wood carbon. In super choppy stuff they actually ride a bit softer. I would also say that relative the old Acids, a similar sized wood Kode is if anything a bit softer and easier in chop.

The question is more if you feel ready for such a small board. A Kode 74 will clearly be a bit more forgiving.
I've never really thought about comfort in windsurfing. Exocets claim to be a really comfortable ride... but i don't really see how. What makes a bigger difference than the 'comfort' of the board, I believe, is having the right kit, well tuned. Once you've got that the only discomfort is the board smacking chop super hard, but I'm young so that doesn't really matter to me.
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