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eric

Since 13 Jan 2006
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PostMon Apr 09, 18 6:42 am    Small Kitefoil Board advice wanted Reply with quote

I love my Alien Air, but the length of the board in my car is an issue. I have to do a Pythagorean Theorem dealio to load it into my car. It is a pain to fit it into my Subie Impreza. Have any of you moved to the the SHORT--3'6"--Dwarfcraft and found it significantly harder to ride? My skill level is intermediate. I can ride in any wind, any river swell, toe-side or heelside and switch feet OFF foil, and working to switch on foil. I ride with a single front hook. I prefer user friendly gear when foiling, as the sport is wacky enough as is.

If the short DC is basically as easy to ride it's going to make loading and unloading a lot nicer. That's honestly my only reason for considering a board change.

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Eric

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wylieflyote

Since 30 Jun 2006
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Puget Sound & Wa. Coast
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PostMon Apr 09, 18 8:33 am     Reply with quote

Eric,
My guess is that you and I are on about the same progression in this (but you got there 1'000 hours quicker than me)
I tested and purchased a 3' 6" (approximate) sized board from Stringy this past winter. It has very little volume... essentially a carbon & glass sheet of plywood.
I was immediately amazed at just how easy boards like these are to foil on. It seems that as long as it has just a bit of rocker you still will have the freedom to do you quick tap & splash footswitch. I cannot comment on a situation where you've lost your wind and need to schlogg home. That might suck.
Perfect for easy car loading, likely will fit in a Golf Bag? Call Stringy and ask if he'll put one together for you. Cheaper investment, great boards:

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user124

Since 02 Aug 2012
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Portland
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PostMon Apr 09, 18 9:36 am    dwarfcraft Reply with quote

I learned and still ride on the larger dwarfcraft and I really like it. The Alien Air is just enormous. I'm sure it's good for learning and light wind starts but it's so bulky I can't imagine trying to wrestle that thing on the beach.

I'm also curious about the small dwarfcraft, especially if it is difficult to start in light winds when I prefer to foil. Seems like it would be hard, but maybe better foilers have advice on whether they've learned to make it work.

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blancoh2o

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PostTue Apr 10, 18 1:58 pm     Reply with quote

Eric,

I think you could ride to anything at this point. You are certainly at the skill level that you can dump the Alien Air. You have put in your time and are ready for a more progressive board.

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