How to get a new kiteboard without buying one.
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We are talking about the different types of kiteboard fins available. And, which type you would want to choose iin maximizing your performance, regardless of your kite riding style. The market is flooded with all different shapes and sizes of fins. If you are not familiar with the differences here is some information that will have you on your way to becoming the aficionado in your local peanut gallery.
I’d be willing to bet that one of the first questions that came to your head when looking at different fins was, I see many different shapes and sizes, but how on earth do I choose the right ones for me and is it really possible to buy new fins instead of a new board and truly be able to experience different riding styles? There are a couple of different factors to analyze. Like, what is my riding style? What are the conditions like at my local riding spot? Also, what are some of the key characteristics of the board I’m riding? Use these questions as a formula to help you figure out what fin arrangement is best for you.
Fin Sizing Changes Everything
If you like speed racing then I recommend looking at the new North race series boards because the fin set-up is completely different from anything you probably have seen on a kiteboard. They are big, long and straight with an angle outward so that when you are riding on the rails edge the fin is pointing straight down in an absolute vertical position. This maximizes speed and there is nothing that can match its upwind performance. As for you big a boosters, the larger fins are going to help you maintain an edge when loading up tension for a big jump. The more fin you have the more power you will be able to hold down in turn allowing for you to perform those jaw dropping jumps.
Board Characteristics: There is not a whole lot of analysis that needs to be done here, but there are certain factors that you can be aware of to help you determine which direction to take. For example, the more concave your board has the less fin you can get away with because the concave on the bottom of the board will provide more grip in the water depending on how defined it is. Also, the larger the board the larger the fins need to be.
Use these set of questions and the expertise and advice of your local kite shop to help you determine the most efficient t fin set-up that will allow you to maximize your fun out on the water. Also, now you will have the confidence to boost, upwind it, speed sail or bust out a back mobe if you see an approaching fin not associated with a kiteboard or a dolphin.