Skywalker D-Wave 1st session.

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Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:06 pm

Just had a really good session with the D-Wave today, I can't compare this board with anything other than twin-tips and a couple of directional boards I have, one is 5' 10 and the other 7' 6". I don't know why I'm not allowed to call the directionals 'Wave-boards' because in the case of the 7 footer it is a pure surf-board, beefed up with three stringers instead of the one, fitted with deck-pads and strap mountings. The 6 footer is the same but a lot slimmer at the centre section. They are both 'Kite-Surf-Boards'.

I always ride in waves, small-waves, medium-waves and fuxxx-off waves but always waves, I can turn a Twin-Tip in front of a wave and ride inshore surfing down and along the wave, you have to be very careful with board-trim with a Twin-Tip compared to the D-Wave.

This board is a natural in waves, when you are hammering out through the break and popping off the tops the D-Wave is a natural, when you land after popp-offs assuming you land on the back rather than 'Belly-Flop', there is such a small area of board around the triple-fin array that you dont feel the landing compared to a Twin-Tip.

You can steer this board either by just railing it or you can ride it flat skim-board style and use a scissor action with your legs, the triple-fin-array has enough lift for you to steer up-wind with hardly any edge. Then of course you can use a combination of rail and using lift from the fins.

When you flatten this D-Wave it goes like 'shit-off-a-shovel'. All of a sudden you have a 'Wave-Skim-Board', the 7-cm scoop helps you cope with the changing water surface and the triple-fin-array gives you steering.

I just need to learn to gybe but I'm going to love this board.



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Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:15 pm

glad to hear the 1st session went well Richard
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Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:03 am

Quite a lot of interest via PM on this board, any questions are welcome but I have only had the D-Wave out twice.

Certainly it is a lightwind alternative, take the fins and straps away and it's a skim. Stick some smaller fins on it and once again the board takes on a different use. You can rail it, sail it flat, backwards and sideways.

Far to much fun. :lol: And it's Fack'n well built with quality fittings, Fack'n light and Fack'n strong.

How am I doing Fred ?
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Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:29 am

I have used mine a fair bit over the past few weeks and am loving it.

It definitely gets me going very early and I am no lightweight (13.5+ stone). I have found that, as long as there is enough wind for my 12m ION to fly then I will be going upwind on the D-Wave.

It feels very lively under your feet and is definitely quick. You really feel the apparent wind kick in once you get going and I have been powered up when everyone else is out on 16m / 18m kites.

I haven't used it in decent waves as I live on the east coast where waves are rare, but it is brilliant fun riding off rolling chop and I have been using it way more than the twin tip recently as it is such fun and feels like a breath of fresh air.

I have read that it is not meant for blasting around and is a dedicated wave board. I can see why that was said but would also recommend it for a light wind toy.

I have still got straps on mine, but have moved over to a 3 strap set up as this definitely makes gybing it easier. Gybing it isn't nearly as hard as you might think - the first few outings I thought that I would never get round but now I am annoyed if I don't. Like windsurfing, you just need to be confident and not dribble round the turn. In light winds, it is better to loop the kite down on itself in the turn to get it round fast and keep some line tension.

Again - I have really enjoyed the challenge of gybing and have fun trying out new things. The incredibly warm water has helped and I wouldn't be so keen to fall in so much in January, but you come out with a massive smile on your face each time. I am tempted to try it strapless too as that would be fun and you don't really need the straps in light winds.

The 2 straps it comes with are superb but I think they are actually too good! I was finding that my feet were locked in and, whilst really comfortable, it did make turning harder. I have changed them for the Dakine contour straps which are pretty lightweight and have them fairly loose, which has definitely helped. Personally, I have also found that the Y configuration is more comfortable whilst sailing. I have got fairly big feet and there is less spray with the Y straps as my heel is actually more inboard.

Yesterday was the first day that I couldn't really get going on the 12m but there really wasn't that much wind. Before that I have been out almost every day - always on the 12m (my only kite). I have used it in a gusty 20-25kt wind and definitely felt that it was overpowering. It would have been ok on a smaller kite but wasn't as comfortable as the twin tip in the bigger winds. Basically, I think you can get away with being fairly underpowered on it and definitely don't want to be too powered up.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with the board and it has revolutionised my summer. Wouldn't mind trying the Nobile skim as a head to head on the light wind front, but would recommend the DWave to anyone who wants a lighter wind board and some summer fun.

Joe
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Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:16 pm

Thanks for the pointers on gybing Joe, just got myself a set of Dakine contour straps because I was thinking on exactly the same lines. If I was trying to rail the D-Wave I found I needed to take my front foot out of the strap in order to get my heel onto the rail, then sometimes I would fall off whilst negotiating a wave.

I did actually surf it once or twice, it's then you realise the boards benefits over a TT.
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:44 am

Just back from SW HQ in Tarifa, had a few sessions in the water and the bar with Tomak the D-Wave designer, nice chap and knows his stuff, ex windsurf world cup board designer, interesting chap to talk to.

oh the wind, 9 out of 10 days on the 126 :lol:
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:41 pm

I got my Skywalker D wave last week (cheers Phil!) and have been out on the East coast with JoeF most days this week.

I have tried it strapless, but have reverted to using the three strap mode with Dakine Contour straps, due to the fact that you can be a lot more aggressive with the kite (Ion 12m) in very light winds.

The board is a great laugh - so much fun to sail. I am also lucky enough to have a Shinn pro 127, and a Slingshot SRT, but I find the D wave to be my favourite, mainly because it is like going back in time and relearning everything! Ok, at present, I am totally crap, but I will soon master it, JoeF has had his a bit longer than I have and he is now ripping!

JoeF and I are the only guys in this area using these boards, but they are certainly creating a lot of interest, especially the wacky reverse bevelled rail and the fact that we get going in such light winds and never use a kite bigger than a 12m, whilst others are using 16m and disappear off down wind!

I must also say that we are not pimping these boards, cos we are not interested in all that, just pure sailing for fun! :lol:
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:07 pm

Did you try riding it backwards yet ? Just take your front foot out of the straps to get a little more weight on the back/front. :lol:
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Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:10 am

arrrrrrr new goodies just arrived including a few D-Waves. :-D
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:03 am

Guys,

Be good to hear your progress on the D-wave of late, anymore points of view, light wind performance etc.

Is this the board that covers the surfboard and skim slot? If so its a bargain!

Anywhere I could get a demo? Sail in Mid Wales, but could take a trip to Exmouth or North Devon, South Wales etc.

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Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:22 am

I live in North Pembrokeshire so I'm your man for a demo.

This board covers lightwind use, it get's going in nothing but I warn you. It is bloody fast and 'Fack'n-fun'

Take the fins off and you have a very forgiving skim, forgiving because of the nose rocker. You can replace the 7cm wave fins with 5cm TT fins and the board takes on yet another feel.

I'm now riding it with three straps rather than the two provided, mainly because I find myself sliding my front foot out to get my heel on the rail in 2 strap mode. Then I end-up falling off if a rattle over some white water.

This board is so much fun.
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Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:04 am

Ummm sounds sweet as. Don't get down to Prembrokeshire to often, but have often meant to run a sortie out there one weekend. Some very beatiful beaches. Thanks for the offer of a spin.

If I can make it out there i'll give you some warning. Keep the tit bits and reviews coming along

Mark
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Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:16 am

In 3 strap mode canb you ride it toe side as its quite wide??

Am really tempted after yesterdatys wave session, my old Mut just bounces all over, hows the D-Wave, in chop.

Will have to learn to switch feet though, an impossible task for me
:( feet just seemn glued to the board, then manage it and end up arse in the water . Doh.
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Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:00 pm

macca wrote:, my old Mut just bounces all over, hows the D-Wave, in chop.
We don't get chop very often/ever, the shore-break can be big with swathes of white water. Once out-back it's waves. Sometimes gentle and undulating and sometimes you can't see your buddy on the other side and its a pure adrenaline-rush riding down the face.

I find the D-Wave handles wave riding so much better than a TT but I wish I could gybe. Sometimes I use the T-Wave out-back but I converted it to TT use now I have the D-Wave.

As regards bouncing, yes the D-Wave will bounce one you get powered up but the joy of the board is in wave riding with a little less power. If you want to be powered-up you can use a TT.
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Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:08 pm

hows it going in 3 strap mode ?
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