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Light wind - FireWire Evo 5'1 or 5'3

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Created by windtzu A week ago, 7 Mar 2019
windtzu
93 posts
7 Mar 2019 11:55AM
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I have a Vader 5'1 and love it for all around mid to upper teens on up. I weigh 165 lbs / 75 kg.

My current lighter wind board is a 5'6 2013 Airush Cypher, doable from 13 knots on a 12 m kite.

I'm thinking about replacing it with an Evo 5'1 or 5'3 (nice close out pricing on both). Would the 5'3 be too much board for 75 kg in anything up to 20? I am thinking it may be a good small to medium wave board where I kite - towing with kite. I'm a novice paddle surfer / longboard.

smook
VIC, 82 posts
7 Mar 2019 3:43PM
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I am similar weight and use cut off nose board as well in 18kn + use 21 Lt board and low wind use 24 Lt board , Like my board with planning hull I would go 5'1 Evo with 24.5lt These type of boards in lighter wind feel more like 27 Lt due to planning hull and more surface area in water

toppleover
QLD, 1474 posts
7 Mar 2019 5:48PM
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windtzu said..
I have a Vader 5'1 and love it for all around mid to upper teens on up. I weigh 165 lbs / 75 kg.

My current lighter wind board is a 5'6 2013 Airush Cypher, doable from 13 knots on a 12 m kite.

I'm thinking about replacing it with an Evo 5'1 or 5'3 (nice close out pricing on both). Would the 5'3 be too much board for 75 kg in anything up to 20? I am thinking it may be a good small to medium wave board where I kite - towing with kite. I'm a novice paddle surfer / longboard.


At your weight, I would get the 5'1 Evo - I'm same weight as you & had the 5'3. It was great that I could easily paddle surf it but did feel a bit too big with a kite.

AndreC
WA, 452 posts
7 Mar 2019 3:52PM
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I have ridden the 5'1 at 90+kgs and its great sop def 5'1 no bigger

Cygnify
QLD, 64 posts
8 Mar 2019 10:48AM
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I am 73kg, and my 5'1 Evo is the only kite surfboard I use. Feels plenty big (but not too big) and gets me going on an 8m neo in 17/18 knot wind no problem. Keep in mind an 8m neo is probably equivalent to a 9m most other kites.

Hope this helps.

windtzu
93 posts
8 Mar 2019 9:41AM
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Thank you guys for your recommendations. I'll go with the 5'1. While I'm at it I'll replace my 12m airush lithium. Like my airush waves in the smaller sizes.

bramber
VIC, 62 posts
9 Mar 2019 10:18AM
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Which place is doing closeout deals? I'm also keen on an evo 51...



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