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konajoe



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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: 2013 Kona Worlds - Canada - Late June Reply with quote

Anyone out there going? 62 signed up so far.
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spennie



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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you're done there, come to L.A. for the www.2013windsurfingnationals.com see how you do in the long-distance race!
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DelCarpenter



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would really like to be able to do both, but can do only one. The Kona Worlds are a lot closer to me than the US Nationals this year so I'm going to the Kona Worlds at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and am already registered.
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konajoe



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with DelCarpenter on only being able to do one of the two. Worlds will be the better of the two.

What's the deal with the long distance race at US Nationals? Are you wondering how Konas will do against all of the other boards?
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DanWeiss



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spennie, if I could lead a life allowing me to go race-to-race, I would, but I can't. Keep up the great work on behalf of USW!

Long distance and slalom are intended to be a part of Kona One meetings. Going in circles (or triangles) isn't the only thing that is fun!

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konajoe



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to add some comments about recent developments in Kona racing/sailing for any of you out there who are considering buying and/or racing one. I sail and race on a Kona, but I'm in no way associated with the company.

The sails have changed. They're WAY better than the original sails.

There are a total of 4 adult weight classes now. Each class has a different sail. (Originally, there were only 2 adult sail sizes.) The newest is a 9.8 for the supertanker fleet (98 kg and up).

Results from major events seem to indicate that, for once, the class seems to favor heavier sailors. So, the heavier guys really get a chance to beat up the light weights who have had an advantage in all other one design racing in the past.

This is BY FAR the most fun freeride board of any of the one-design boards of the past.
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konajoe



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

accidental repost

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

accidental repost
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the heavier racers tend to win races it stems from the fact that a few of the larger racers happen to be some of the greatest longboard racers in the history of windsurfing. And build often has a lot to do with their historical success.

True, the larger sails tend to outperform smaller sails in flat water but not so when the wind comes up. It also is true that the larger sails will disturb more air and can smother the smaller sails -especially at the start and when slightly behind on downwind legs.

If the results of the last Midwinters indicate anything, however, it is that the racing is very tight among all weight divisions. Indeed, races were won by sailors on the 7.4, 8.2, 9.0 and 9.8 in very similar conditions.

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