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SaulOhio_merged
post Nov 14 2004, 03:48 PM
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I've been snow&ice kiteing for a few years now, and have really gotten used to skis. It is easy to walk around with them while getting ready to launch, easy to turn even when you don't have any power in the kite, and have more bite on ice, having straight edges, and there being two of them. In snow I use microskis (skiboards).

I am interested in other peoples' experience. Why do you prefer a snowboard, if you do?
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post Nov 14 2004, 07:06 PM
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Saul - Good question, looking forward to finding out the answer.
On the slopes I ski about 70% of the time and Snowboard on big powder days or when Im riding with snowboarders. Snowkiting I have only used the board as it is a more natural extension of riding on the water. Each time Ive taken skis out to kite I end up just sticking with what I know and staying on the board. This year I will try skis, got a new pair of K2's Public Enemy 169cm twin tips. Seems like this will be a fun ski kiting, not too big and will ride switch smoothly. Maybe too much sidecut though. Got some testing to do!
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post Nov 14 2004, 09:12 PM
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QUOTE(KyleK)
This year I will try skis, got a new pair of K2's Public Enemy 169cm twin tips. Seems like this will be a fun ski kiting, not too big and will ride switch smoothly. Maybe too much sidecut though. Got some testing to do!


Wether or not it has too much sidecut probably depends on wether you are on snow or ice. On snow, curve is good for easy turning, but on ice you need a good straight edge.

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What I like best about the snowboard, is the similarity with the water. Same stance, same ride, same tricks. You can practice all your tricks you learned over the summer, or work on some new ones that you'll be able to keep practicing in the water.

Skis are good for practicality as you can just walk with them (good for light wind) keep your balance when you stop, edge harder on ice, easy to put on and remove.
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