Rocker (bend) - Bottom (channels) - Outline - Size and Performance
THE ROCKER: The Rocker is the curve of the board from end to end. A board with a higher rocker has a better lift to come out of the water. The board feels free under your feet and maximizes the freedom of movement and control in all terrain conditions. Too much rocker will cause drag and slow the board down.
THE BOTTOM: The concave in length direction also affects the characteristics of the board. All Blankforce Kiteboards have a progressive concave. The concave is like a channel that canalizes the water flow into the riding direction. The concave gives you a better all over control and is forgiving.
THE OUTLINE: The outline gives you rail contact with the water. It also contributes to the all-round attitude of your board. A straight edge gives more resistance to the water surface for better upwind performance and a better pop off the water. A rounder outline allows better surf and jibing abilities.
SIZE AND PERFORMANCE: There is no direct correlation between riding performance and board size, as they are few key points that should be taken into account: the outline, rocker, bottom of each specific board. The final length adjustments will depend on the overall mix.
THE LENGHT: A board with a length between 132 and 137 offers the widest range of possibilities in all-round conditions.
A shorter board is more direct and gives a better control in choppy water.
As the position of rider’s feet is closer to the tips and edges, the board reacts faster.
THE WIDTH: The width determines the all-over characteristics of the board.
The wider the board, the more surface area you get.
Today’s shorter but wider boards help the rider to glide earlier and easier also while using a smaller kite.
It also allows heavier riders’ to take advantage of using shorter boards.
The width of our boards ranges from 39 to 46 cm. On wider boards, like the DRIVE for example, the feet position (inserts) has been moved closer to the heel side of the board: this allows rider’s to put more pressure on the heel-edge as easily as on a narrower board, improving reaction. This concept optimizes the wind range and is a huge advantage in gusty wind conditions.