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

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Created by windtzu 3 months 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, 91 posts
7 Mar 2019 2:43PM
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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, 1504 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, 464 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, 69 posts
9 Mar 2019 9:18AM
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Which place is doing closeout deals? I'm also keen on an evo 51...

Youngbreezy
WA, 512 posts
22 Mar 2019 10:57AM
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toppleover said..

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.


I now have toppleover's 5'3" Evo and I am loving it!! I am 100kg and it is about as big of a board as I would want to kite with, at your weight go the 5'1"

nikmcc
NSW, 245 posts
24 Mar 2019 3:56PM
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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.


Close out pricing? Where? Are you in Australia? I've even emailed firewire trying to get one in Aus...

toppleover
QLD, 1504 posts
24 Mar 2019 7:23PM
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I know SC boardsports in Caloundra had them on sale & had plenty of Hevo,s.

bramber
VIC, 69 posts
26 Mar 2019 5:54PM
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I know SC boardsports in Caloundra had them on sale & had plenty of Hevo,s.


Must have been a while back 'cos they have all sold out now... Just checked.

toppleover
QLD, 1504 posts
26 Mar 2019 6:08PM
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toppleover said..
I know SC boardsports in Caloundra had them on sale & had plenty of Hevo,s.






Must have been a while back 'cos they have all sold out now... Just checked.





Ok, soz - must have been longer ago than I remembered. They had quite a bit of stock, so now I'd be surprised if there's any stock left in Oz.

@ YB, glad your happy with the 5'3 mate

vendeavours
VIC, 330 posts
26 Mar 2019 6:25PM
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bramber said..

toppleover said..
I know SC boardsports in Caloundra had them on sale & had plenty of Hevo,s.



Must have been a while back 'cos they have all sold out now... Just checked.


Bramber If Have no luck with Evo I kite similar board but design for kitesurfing with thinner rail And smaller tai area and made in Melb But if find Evo go for it great board



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