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Characteristics Of A Board
Today, we will continue our series about board characteristics and how they may affect your riding style. There is another blog that has been made on the outline of the kiteboard and how to choose the perfect one.
Rocker On Freestyle Kiteboards
If you have a lot of rockers, the board will feel loose and twitchy. Extreme rocker can make the board feel too nervous, making it uncomfortable to ride. If you are a freestyler, you might enjoy this because it allows you to get the board higher.
Rocker On Big Wave Kiteboards
A board with more rocker is easier to kick up in the air. Also, if you ride bigger waves, the rocker follows the curves of the wave so the board is loose and very fast off the bottom. Rocker can cause you to lose control and track.
You can also find a board with a very flat rocker line if you move to the opposite end of the spectrum. A board with a flatter rocker line is more stable. The balance between these two makes it easy to board the plane. This gives you better light wind capability and allows it to go upwind better.
Flat Rocker vs. Snappiness
A really flat rocker can cause you to lose your snappiness. Sometimes, the board will just want to go straight. This is especially true when the winds are strong or the waves get big. The kite pulls you and the wave pushes you. You really want to flip that board into the bottom of the wave but the board tells you no. This is something you don’t want.
Flat Rocker vs. Upwind Ability
A flatter worker may be better for you if you ride on a lot of flat water.
Rocker On The Stage
Rockers can be described as being somewhere in between. They are the stage that is flatter in the middle for going upwind, and then they can be moved further back. You can move your weight upwind by moving your tail over the accelerated rocker.
This post was written by Aaron McClearnon, Owner of Elite Watersports. At Elite Watersports, We strive to provide exceptional service and genuine interactions with those interested in kiteboard in St. Pete. We hold dear our passion for being out on the water and maintain this as our foundation for all business practices.