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Naish Skater Sport Upwind ability help needed

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Created by ralphlong A week ago, 3 Dec 2017
ralphlong
WA, 14 posts
3 Dec 2017 1:29PM
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Hi I need some help. I've got the Naish Skater Sport M. I really love it, I just can't get it to go upwind anywhere near as well as my conventional surf board. I'm sure it must be a technique issue as other people have commented to goes well upwind.
I ride it strapless and on the wave it is such a blast, but I'm spending too much time and effort to get back upwind.
I'm 78kg and normally ride fairly powered up.

JKimbler
289 posts
5 Dec 2017 5:24AM
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I had the small, loved it except it didn't hold up to my strapless beatings...anyway, I had the same problem with upwind so I ran a larger set of front fins and it was good to go. You could run a larger set of thrusters for max upwind, or keep the smaller center for a looser feel. I can't remember at the moment which fins I used but if I remember I'll let you know.

ralphlong
WA, 14 posts
5 Dec 2017 10:29AM
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tx for that, I'll give it a go

omg
123 posts
5 Dec 2017 5:01PM
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I actually found it the opposite Goes upwind really well, but in steep short waves, it's not the best due to the nose rocker (lack of it). For strapless freestyle, it's really nice, and has held up well for now (78kg as well).

ralphlong
WA, 14 posts
5 Dec 2017 5:09PM
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omg said..
I actually found it the opposite Goes upwind really well, but in steep short waves, it's not the best due to the nose rocker (lack of it). For strapless freestyle, it's really nice, and has held up well for now (78kg as well).


I thought it might be technique, where do you put your feet for the upwind tack. I've been moving mine forwards thinking that would help. Maybe I've got my feet to near the edge and using to much rail. I'll just have to try and keep experimenting, I don't want to consign it to a downwinder only board.

omg
123 posts
5 Dec 2017 9:51PM
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it definitely isn't a downwinder-only board. For me, the speed it goes is brilliant, it's such a small board but due to speed it goes upwind very well and also jumps strapless very well. Keep experimenting and I'm sure you will agree, but it needs the speed, if slouching the upwind ability will suffer.

JKimbler
289 posts
6 Dec 2017 9:46AM
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Ok I remembered...started with Occy Kitetics up front which are pretty big and it went upwind like mad but it felt a bit too "planted". Ended up with Merrick G-AM's in the front, stock Naish center. For blasting upwind, rear foot forward of the tailpad, keep the board flat and push laterally on the fins (windsurf style). Weight more on the front foot. I'm not sure if the rocker changed over different model years, but mine was heavily rockered in the nose. Arguably one of the best strapless jumping boards ever.

bermand
WA, 245 posts
Sunday , 9 Dec 2017 11:59PM
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Hi Ralph
Hope you all good. I have been on the medium skater for 3 seasons. I ride it strapped Lano/Mauritius and find its great upwind. Bring your back foot forward and apply some lateral pressure as per previous reply.
Regards Dennis

TomW059
149 posts
Sunday , 10 Dec 2017 6:11AM
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Thrusters are not as good upwind as quads.

ralphlong
WA, 14 posts
Sunday , 10 Dec 2017 9:10PM
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thanks guys. Windy on Tuesday and early finish so will give the tips a try.



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