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postie
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:56 am

Hi All

I've recently upgraded from the cyclone board I learned on (145 x 45) to a 2015 crazyfly raptor pro (140 x 42). I'm a pretty big fella 6 foot 3 and rapidly heading towards 15 stone. Anyway 2 observations.

1) it's loads lighter so encouraging me to start trying a few jumps (good!)
2) it's way harder to hold an edge and keeps slipping especially when the wind picks up. My cyclone completely digs in and I can't remember hardly ever losing traction and skidding downwind but it's happening quite a lot with th the crazyfly which is affecting my confidence when I ride...

So is this something I will likely overcome with better technique And if so what do I do differently or is it just not a very suitable board for me

Cheers for any advice....
thetrash
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:07 am

It's just your technique, a smaller board will be easier to hold an edge when you've sussed it, just dig those heels in! I use a 136x44 Monk and am 16 stone and it's perfect for me.
Sonnyrider
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:35 am

thetrash wrote:It's just your technique, a smaller board will be easier to hold an edge when you've sussed it, just dig those heels in! I use a 136x44 Monk and am 16 stone and it's perfect for me.
^^ Agreed. But one more thing to consider, are the fins bigger on the cyclone over the CF?
postie
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:46 pm

Cheers

The fins are a bit bigger on the cyclone but only about 5mm deeper. I'm sure my technique can improve things but given my technique is the same on both boards it must be something to do with the different size / shape of the board.

You see reviews sometimes say a the board has loads of grip or that you can load up the edge. Not sure what it is that makes so much difference...
Sonnyrider
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:32 pm

That 5mm can make quite a difference. Can you swap them onto your CF ?

Then you'll know for sure

:)
postie
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:00 pm

Good idea but I'm pretty sure the fixings are different. I'll check. Cf probably make them in different sizes so I could always try ordering some bigger ones.

I could probably do with trying a few different boards to see how different they feel rather than just picking one based on Internet research but it's not that easy given I'm never really quite sure when I'll be next getting a surf in...
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:18 am

some of the freestyle boards can be fairly flat rockered, stiff and use tiny fins. This makes them tricky to hold power on if you are not very adept at holding a stable stance on the rail.
I'm not sure on the Raptor Pro, but when this go carbon they can get stiff and skitterish, which is fine if you like that style..
Like Sonny says - swap fins and go from there, come back with your findings :-)
Bigmac
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:07 pm

I Found just after getting my knack with riding, I was putting too much pressure on my back foot- so your only using like 1/3 of the boards edge in the water. Try putting a little more weight on your front foot and make sure you aint poo stancing still slightly. Then you get a better "grip" of the water and you can drive upwind better too. Oh yeah Im 6'5 so I feel you pain bro! Don't worry, when you get tweaking the shit out of your grabs; tallness adds steeze ;)
postie
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Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:07 pm

Cheers all. That's good advice. I might well be putting more weight on the back and hence only using part of the board. . Can't wait till next time now...
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