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spennie



Joined: 13 Oct 1995
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joethewindsurfa: You will love the Kona! Makes a pretty good SUP, too, put the centerboard down for stability.

Chinook just got their inflatable WindSUPs in, I'm ordering an 11'6" for teaching, no worries about boom damage or student shin damage, uses an A-box so I can change fins if needed, has a slot for a center fin, 275 liters! Rolls up when not in use, too. Comes with fins, pump, bag, cargo net.

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joethewindsufa



Joined: 10 Oct 2010
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Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ swchandler:
actually moved the mast base back on the MEQ 2
went MUCH better and when i looked down I was nowhere near the footstraps
will move mast all the way back next time
on that day i was trying to push off more and pull sail in more
some of that was "okay" = still a ways to go
but still fun, fuN , FUN

@spennie - NOT me lookin for the board
just put in my 2 cents worth
i am MORE than happy with the Mistral Equipe II XR !!!
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You were clearly pulling the sail in more in the video, but you need to focus on raking the sail back more and bringing the foot of the sail closer to the deck. To do that, you'll need to move further back on the board. Keep pushing yourself on this, and you'll be surprised how much quicker you can be, especially once you're into those straps.
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joethewindsufa



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Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the reason i withdrew my first post was: this is not about me
this is about the OP/original poster
what i was/am trying to show is:
a longboard is NOT restrictive and has a huge range
with the same sail and board one can go from 10 knots to about 20
i am even considering/re-thinking my quiver
do i really need a JP SLW92 ?
Sailboarder in Montreal has a KONA and a high-wind board
what more do we really need ??

maybe KONA is the ONE ??


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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joethewindsufa wrote:
a longboard is NOT restrictive and has a huge range*
with the same sail and board one can go from 10 knots to about 20
i am even considering/re-thinking my quiver
do i really need a JP SLW92 ?

* Or more. My first day vastly overpowered on a 3.7 (winds averaging close to 40 with much higher gusts) was on a Comp Light. We'd never heard of shorter boards, the water was FLAT (offshore winds in a big lake), and we were making do with what we had. HELL, yes, I was sheeting in, and the board's primary problem was its cheap plastic fin. I discovered spinout that day, and thought the fin had broken off.

If we had had any chop at those wind and board speeds, something -- ANYTHING -- smaller would have been far superior. But at our much smaller and much Cochittier usual lake, where a rescue by land required 30 miles of driving, we were mighty glad to have 230 liters and 12 feet of waterline beneath our feet when the wind completely changed directions and dropped from teens to single digits for the 13th time in a single session. Unless the wind dropped to zero, we always had fun and could always get back, usually by dark.

That all came to a screeching halt, and I sold my Comp Light, when I discovered the original Equipe and footsteering. It was less stable, but I was ready for that by that time. Starting out as a beginner on an Equipe ... the bigger, 1984, version at my weight of ~185 ... would have been a big mistake back then. MAYBE it would be dooable these days with good lessons, but it would significantly handicap and very likely discourage anyone over 150 pounds.
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Xxwindsurfer



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From an average Joe to OP and Average Joe

Kona One is a fantastic board for anyone who has aspirations less than high performance. I always have fun whether sub planing and cruising or planing. The board is very stable, easily sailed and I can still scare myself when I get planing. Exactly what I am looking for.
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schweitzer



Joined: 18 Jul 2000
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my Competition light in 1984 when it was 2 years old.
I have always said it is 230 l. 12'6"
sounds like the one.
It was written up (twice) as "the best board ever maid to learn on"
I Gorge sail about a whole month these days,
But I still use it Mostly in Idaho (Lake Pend Oreillee)
It still works great, down to about 5 mph
So: here is what I have done FOR it:

-Build a Boggy
Get another Pin that fits into the board (may look different)
Put it together with a NEW Hourglass Joint
put on a chinook cup
use the newer more modern rig(s)

-Put in a new fin box
use some hard wood srtips i.e. 1/4" x 1 1/2" x (?)18"
embed them in jst wide enough to fit new box
epoxy it all flush to board
Get some better fins for it (I used "A" Box)

_- Get "KRYLON FUSION paint for plastic.
Sprinkle acyilic sand on the wet paint
(SALT etc. ALSO WORKS)
You can wash away the salt and use the dimpled surface or
if it is too rough paint over again to smooth it out

When it gets below 5 mph this Board gets a new life as a Paddle board
But DO USE a leash. ENJOY
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