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What foil board to upgrade to

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Created by Alysum 24 days ago, 27 Sep 2018
Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
27 Sep 2018 2:16PM
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I wish to upgrade from a Slingshot Dwarfcraft 5"4 board. I'll be adding some Lift carbon foils to replace the Hoverglide NF2 + school mast packages. (for sale in Sydney btw).

Strangely there seems to be a lack of foil boards on the second hand market. I'm looking for something shorter and all round (no straps). Largest kite is a light-wind 12m kite so not too worried about floatation in light winds I guess.

I don't have many comments to make on the Dwarfcraft as it's the only board I've ever had.

Perfectly happy to get the new 4"6 Dwarfcraft unless anyone else can recommend an alternative ?

Cheers

ActionSportsWA
WA, 580 posts
28 Sep 2018 10:52AM
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Hi Alysum,

You have a Slingshot Dwarfcraft 5'4"? I don't think they do a Dwarfcraft 5'4". Do you mean the Slingshot Converter 5'4"?

I really like the Alien Air 4'8" as a general fun board, but if you want to go smaller, then perhaps the Slingshot Dwarfcraft 4'6". It's much narrower and has way less volume.

Depends a lot on what you really need and what you like. The Slingy range of boards is pretty sweet.

DM

Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
28 Sep 2018 3:42PM
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Yeah I do have a SS DC 5"4 - looks like it was a custom one.

Happy to consider the Alien air and debate it's pros/cons vs the DC 4"6.

DukeSilver
WA, 218 posts
28 Sep 2018 5:35PM
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I think it's the same as my Dwarfcraft 54 which is a 54 inch or 138 cm long board - not 5'4". They're Seppo's don't forget so still on imperial measurements. I still really like mine. Great strapless board.

Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
28 Sep 2018 8:26PM
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DukeSilver said..
I think it's the same as my Dwarfcraft 54 which is a 54 inch or 138 cm long board - not 5'4". They're Seppo's don't forget so still on imperial measurements. I still really like mine. Great strapless board.



Sorry you're right!

Does that mean the 2019 DW 4"6 is pretty much identical to my current board?

Kamikuza
QLD, 3442 posts
28 Sep 2018 8:31PM
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The DC 4'6" is a nice board, one of my favs. The Alien Air is MASSIVE in comparison, takes the joy out of carving around because it's so wide and "massive" out the front.

If you're getting a Lift, why not a Lift board? I thought they did bolt-through-board mounting, not rails?

Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
28 Sep 2018 8:39PM
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Yeah the alien air looks too fat for me.

Perhaps I should consider the mini DW 3"6 although my foil skills aren't there yet....

There's no local lift boards...and yeah no rails is a no deal.

Kamikuza
QLD, 3442 posts
28 Sep 2018 11:35PM
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Alysum said..
Yeah the alien air looks too fat for me.

Perhaps I should consider the mini DW 3"6 although my foil skills aren't there yet....

There's no local lift boards...and yeah no rails is a no deal.


Axis does the Kink in about 3'6" or 100cm IIRC too. Just looks too small to me too, but I'll give it a shot if there's one handy.

I've got the Ride 48, but I'm noticing I clip the wide part of the nose a lot, and wonder what a race board with straight rails would be like... I've only ridden the DC when I was powered, so I'm wondering how it'd feel in very light wind.

colin71
NSW, 49 posts
30 Sep 2018 11:02AM
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Kanaha Shapes do some very light and small pocket style boards (www.kanahashapes.com). harder to get up on at first, but sweet later on...

Horacio makes a 42" (106.7cm) and smaller ones too.

horey69
QLD, 240 posts
30 Sep 2018 2:07PM
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There are two SS DC models in the 3'6" standard and the micro (thinner less volume).
J Shapes do a small pocket board also. Yes the 2019 DC is the same except for a raised tail deck pad for the back foot.
Why change the 54" is a great all-rounder?

dachopper
WA, 1352 posts
1 Oct 2018 12:17AM
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Alpine foil have the fs2 pocket board, and a new convertible VR3 surf board with the 4 bolt rail mount.

okkiteboarder
10 posts
2 Oct 2018 7:04AM
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My vote if for the carbon slingshot hypermiler






Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
2 Oct 2018 10:31AM
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That's a strange looking board

You guys are right perhaps I should stick to a DW 4"6...

DukeSilver
WA, 218 posts
2 Oct 2018 9:31PM
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Has George W Bush started a kiting business?? BTW, it's pronounced HyperMILEr - as in the measurement of distance - not Miller as in the beer.

bigtone667
NSW, 955 posts
3 Oct 2018 7:24AM
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I run two boards.... the naish hover 155 for super light wind days (8 knots). The fatness and flatness helps get my lard arse up and planing.

And a Naish Hover 130.... small, no swing weight.

Kamikuza
QLD, 3442 posts
3 Oct 2018 11:15AM
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okkiteboarder said..
My vote if for the carbon slingshot hypermiler






Jesus Christ can't get away from this spammer

Fly on da wall
VIC, 623 posts
5 Oct 2018 1:46PM
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North Speedster as I think you'll be able to find a cheap second hand 1 easily...
But only for experienced foilers, not a good first/ learner board imho!

Alysum
NSW, 282 posts
7 Oct 2018 6:25PM
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Thanks guys - I've settled on a new Dwarfcraft 4"6 as I'm familiar with it and wanted something newer

kemp90
QLD, 1616 posts
7 Oct 2018 7:56PM
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I only just seen this post. I'm thinking about selling my tiny dwarf craft if your interested

benmj
VIC, 29 posts
8 Oct 2018 12:50PM
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HI Mate
I have some boards that you may like




Finished this week
1 is all carbon the other has a balsa deck and rails
its 4'3" long and 18" wide
Keen to hear any thoughts



warwickl
NSW, 1020 posts
8 Oct 2018 1:05PM
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benmj said..
HI Mate
I have some boards that you may like




Finished this week
1 is all carbon the other has a balsa deck and rails
its 4'3" long and 18" wide
Keen to hear any thoughts




Please post a rocker profile picture

benmj
VIC, 29 posts
8 Oct 2018 1:32PM
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Slight double concave at the front as in first pic
Also side cut outs







Second pic is a cross section at the red line, this shows the begining of a slight deck concave which will give a nice comfortable skateboard like feel.



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