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so what's the consensus on the cabal vs. the windwing skimboards? I'm thinking of getting one but don't have the resources to try out either...
while we're on it.. does anybody know where i can try one out?
Brian, I have one of the WW skims you can try out, PM me and we'll see if we can hook something up.
To be honest, I haven't really had a chance to ride it yet, so I can't comment on it yet. Gabe rode it and remarked that the Cabal he had was a bit bigger so might offer a slightly better upwind advantage, but when he tried it, it was pretty light overall, so not quite sure if any comparison could be made.
I have a couple of 1.5" fins that I may consider adding at some point if it seems like it would benefit from it...
I ride a cabal SX52. It is 52 inches long though, not 152 cm, about 132 cm.
The feeling riding bare is great, I tried it with a 17m kite, 12m and 9m. I was staying upwind with the 9m kite in about 12 knots of wind, no kidding. I haven't spent much time on it at all but decided to add fins and footstraps, and I am still experimenting with their size and placement.
I decided as my light wind weapon, the board was limited without straps and fins. whenever I got up to speed, the board would want to slip out, if not edging enough. While edging hard with power, the board held but was relatively slow moving so I wanted to improve this. This board will always be slow compared to a regular board due to the large drag area. Doesn't matter, it does for me exactly what I want. The fins make this thing unslippable, and I do like the straps too. We get choppy conditions here even in light wind, and I just couldn't get to the speed I wanted without chop throwing my front foot off (could just be clutzy me though). Now I can ride the fins more and get a flatter ride. The board is surprisingly smooth riding up or down chop. It never slaps which surpurprises me for a flat rocker. I went for 3" fins (Rainbow surfdog - beautiful fins), but will now try probably 1-1/2" for less drag. Even in 8 knots of wind this thing begs to go upwind. To me this is a 7 to 14 knot board. Maybe I will come to like it in heavier wind too. i can also use it as a skimboard or go back to bare riding - versatile. Oh and it is easy peasy gybing the board. I was out in 8-13 knots with a 17m kite and can now easily jump with the board. The board is exactly 3 kg (6.5 lbs) decked out which is damn light.
I went with two front straps angled off, but have abondoned that for one centrally placed footsrap since the board spray was hitting my leg in that position. Straps area placed about 19" apart well biased to the rear. I will try to post photos when I get a chance. I used snowboard binding inserts and reinforced under them with ABS pieces.
I can decrease my quiver now, so if anyone is looking for 17m kite, let me know !!
Oh man you put straps on it... booooo. having no straps makes it easy to move your feet around and give you a HUGE wind range. And it makes board offs easier. and it's just the whole point of the skim. With the skim and a 13m and 9m kite you have a HUGE range. These boards are sweet. Just got ride of all but one strapped kite board for when I feel like riding something other than the skim.