Rider: Weight 115kg (,intermediate,advanced)
Style: Freeriding, Race
Weather: 6 - 25+knots
Disclosure: Briskites test pilot.
My Comments: Had this board for 2 months and I'm really impressed with this board.
This board is a full pedigree race board which is very quick in all conditions and sailing angles,which also makes for an awesome light wind or freeride board.
Seems the windier it get the better the board goes .Centerboard is asymmetrical and cantered to windward which makes for unbelievable upwind tacking angles , you never have to worry about if your going to make it back upwind.centerboard position is fair critical and takes a good few hours to work out the optimal positions for given wind strength and sailing angles.
Foot pads are ramped toes side to help keep the board flat ,I find these very comfy ,very close feeling to sailboarding , you sail the board flat and put even pressure on both feet ,sailing up wind is a dream .
Sailing down wind is where it gets fairly technical ,you need to find the sweet spot for the centerboard depth , too much board down and the board tries to round up into the wind , not enough and you seem to lose a bit of drive , it all comes together with practice.
Wind range for me 115kg is 6-15 kts x19spleene , 12-25kts on 12m North rhino ,20kts+on 9m rhino.
Seem to use all of the centerboard at the bottom end wind range for each kite once your powered the sweet spot is about 50mm up for going upwind.
Check out this video on YouTube:
It looks huge, obviously it would suit the Spleene X-19
Yes it handles 25 kts and Moreton bay chop with ease( Moreton bay is very shallow and open ,so you get a very nasty chop),,the windier it gets the better the board feels , in comparison a mate and I had a bit of a duke out the other week .I was on this board with the x19 .he was on a 2011 north race (the 4 fin model)and a 16 dyno ,wind was around 12 kts ( I'm 115 kg he is around 70 kg) we had the same upwind tacking angles and pretty much the same board speed ,after a 3km of upwind beat we were meters apart ..down wind they were close as well.
summing up if you want a easy board to sail in light wind and you want to have a crack at racing ,with out the need for tacking and gybing a directional ,this board is the go.
Yes it's a huge board (you think this is big ,check our the new box rule race boards )it is way easier to transport than a conventional race board,and in shallow water just lift up the centerboard till you get into the deep stuff..
An added bonus the centerboard cuts jelly fish in half ( so I'm doing my bit to cull the jelly population.).
I couldn't be bothered lifting the fin up and down all the time. Sorry you lost me.