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The Wainman Passports are specific to what you are looking for. Nice width and volume.
We have both the 5-8 & 5-11 new and demo's in stock!
They come complete with bags, rear deck pads, fins.
Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports
238 1st Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Wainman - Cabrinha - Shinn - Underwave - Hyperflex
I kite this board, the flexfire version, its great. I like it for bigger surf and only when I'm actually riding a wave, not so much for cruising. It handles steep drops nice and can take high speeds well. I want a smaller board, like a 5'4" squash tail Dominator... for doing more freestyle surf kiting, took a demo from L2K with this board and fell in love. I can't surf (except in Hawaii)... fwiw. The 5'10" Firewire Hellfire is a nasty board also, it provides more flotation and can be ridden with less power = easier to surf. All these boards are 8 weeks out, if you find a used one its worth it.
2010 UG FLX
2012 Firewire Flexfire Strapless
I agree. The 6'2" is pretty big. But in the surf it's great. I also have a 5'6" Hellfire. It's fun but when you are really powered, the super wide midpoint and extra thickness make it tough to lay on a rail for bottom turns. Super fun when not overpowered though. I have the first gen kite version and it is pretty heavy. Supposedly the new ones will be lighter.
I've been eyeing the taj model or whatever they are calling it as my next board but then I rode the Vanguard. Bro, that board is FUN. See my review from a couple of weeks back. You would not believe how well it rides. It looks so freakin wide but turns well and surfs like you won't believe. I'm on the list for one of the first kite models in a 5'4". I think it will be my go to board for anything under head high!
i submit that as long as you stay on that long stick you'll never be "good enough" to move down. if you want to ride short, ride short. It's really a different skill set. long boards will teach you how to ride with your rails, cross step and line up for waves early. these skills won't directly transfer to a shorter board and really don't help much for kiting either.
this i totally agree with
Haha! Feel the same way really, surfed my last five years in Hawaii and when I got to California, board in hand, I was just thinking, "What the fu¢k is this?!" Then I discovered kiteboarding.
Sold all my gear; ebbs and flows; see you next season.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
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lol you guys are spoiled... just wait winter season is upon us.
I'm originally from FL, i think Cali is the biznit.
Surfed Maui... yeah youre right. wth..
So i wasn't saying to kite the titanic. I was was saying learn to surf on the titanic AND / + get a short board for kiting. If you move to a shortboard for *surfing*, specially a narrow one, before you're ready all you're going to do is paddle paddle paddle occasionally springing to your feet only to fall right off it again.
That Wainman Passport is a board i'd surf and kite actually.. Their biggest one tho at 5'11" x 20.5 x 2. 3/8". I saw it in person at Chris' shop. I'm lazy and like a board that gets on the wave with minimal effort. I'm not out there to win the surf open. I actually do enjoy surfing a titanic. Doubles my surf to float time ratio.
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