Slingshot 2013 Kite surfboard lineup explained…
Every day we take a ton of calls from confused people trying to understand kiteSURF boards. The answer is that unless you come from a surfing background, it’s a minefield of tail shapes, constructions and modern-retro-twin-finned-fishy shapes.
Each manufacturer sets out with the intention of creating a board for every type of rider which is great! The problem is that people aren’t sure what is right for them and manufacturers aren’t simplifying it enough to make it easy to understand.
Let’s take a look at some of the 2013 Slingshot kitesurf board lineup and try to simplify it all. Here is our take on the lineup:
What’s on offer?
Where to start?
The most important question to ask is what kind of conditions you are going to be riding in. Much like regular surfing, good board selection is critical to good sessions. For argument's sake, let’s break the ever changing world of suitable kite surf conditions down into 3 categories:
1. Small or mushy waves
Small waves generally require a shorter board. This allows you to pivot and turn the board when the face of waves isn’t very big.
Mushy waves require a wide and flat board. When the waves don’t have much power you need extra foam to keep your speed on the wave. Less rocker also helps you keep speed in weaker waves.
Take a look at the Slingshot Dialer – it’s really wide overall and doesn’t have much rocker which makes it perfect for small or weak waves.
When riding bigger waves generating speed isn’t an issue, it’s staying in control at speed that is important. Too much board under your feet makes it really hard when you are going fast so narrower and thinner boards (particularly in the tail) are a better choice.
Powerful waves are usually steeper and you need some rocker (curve) in order not to catch the nose and feel confident in the steeper parts of the wave.
Look at the outline of the Slingshot Tyrant – it is skinny and has more rocker which makes it ideal for good/powerful waves.
In flatwater it’s anything goes. Board choice here is less critical: we have had fun sessions on anything from 9’6” longboards to boogie boards. It is worth noting though that wider boards will perform better in light wind conditions.
What about the Celeritas?
So the Slingshot Tyrant is for good or powerful waves and the Slingshot Dialer is for small and mushy waves but what is the Celeritas for? Medium rocker, not too much width and the “thumb” tail help to make the Celeritas a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Let’s call it a performance-mush machine.
Still confused? Maybe this chart will help…
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