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Flexible board, is that a good or bad idea?

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Created by JZOrewa 3 months ago, 14 Nov 2019
JZOrewa
33 posts
14 Nov 2019 11:57AM
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I'm trying to learn on a high aspect foil, 1 metre mast, bolted to a twintip board.
I know that's not a beginners set up, but anyway, the board has some flex and I reckon it makes my life even harder when trying to steer the board. But because I never tried another board I can't say how much it flexes compared to others. How are the boards you guys are using regarding flex? Am I right thinking that the less flex the better?
All I can say is that this board bends more than my XCaliber twintip, and that's not even a carbon fibre board.

DukeSilver
WA, 305 posts
14 Nov 2019 6:02PM
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JZOrewa said..
I'm trying to learn on a high aspect foil, 1 metre mast, bolted to a twintip board.
I know that's not a beginners set up, but anyway, the board has some flex and I reckon it makes my life even harder when trying to steer the board. But because I never tried another board I can't say how much it flexes compared to others. How are the boards you guys are using regarding flex? Am I right thinking that the less flex the better?
All I can say is that this board bends more than my XCaliber twintip, and that's not even a carbon fibre board.



Flex is not great for foiling. The stiffer the better for a foil board.

Kamikuza
QLD, 4860 posts
14 Nov 2019 8:15PM
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JZOrewa said..
the board has some flex and I reckon it makes my life even harder


Absolutely. Make some sort of plate to stiffen the whole thing up if you really can't be bothered getting a proper board.

snalberski
WA, 685 posts
15 Nov 2019 5:25PM
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A high aspect foil will be harder to learn on but still doable. A foam core board with a bit of area (within reason) will make life easier. You want to firstly practice runs with the board on the water without trying to raise the foil. This is one reason a floaty board makes it easier to learn. As you get better at that just increasing your speed will make the foil raise by itself ... without changing lots of things in regard to foot position and centre of gravity.

dafish
NSW, 1426 posts
16 Nov 2019 7:13AM
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As what everyone else said. This type of board will really slow your progress and cause you more frustration than it's worth. Once you learn and get muscle memory, you will be able to ride just about anything.

JZOrewa
33 posts
21 Nov 2019 11:56AM
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Thanks for the advises guys, I'll try to find a decent board and see how it goes. Cheers



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