I’ve got a pile of old surfboards that are pretty fun downwind, but most are pretty slow on the way back up wind unless I’m really powered up on the kite. And I like to ride a bit underpowered in the surf, but maybe that’s just me.
There is an old quad fin fish I have that’s really wide, almost no rocker, and goes upwind like a race board, but it’s not much fun once the waves get big.
I like to wander a ways up and down the coast when I kite; can anyone recommend a good wave board that still makes it back upwind well?
I liked @Garrett’s Kazuma board, and Kevin Collins had loaned me one of his asymmetrical quads - that was great! Kevin’s board was probably my favorite so far, but I’m not 100% sure about the asymmetrical part; I like to go left and right sometimes, and it felt a bit odd at times. That last big windy swell at Waiehu had some funky but fun waves, but I was riding a tiny little thruster, and it felt like it was taking me forever to get back into the lineup.
Any other good upwind wave boards I should try out? I’m hoping that a board that is fun on the wave is not exclusive to rocking upwind.