Duotone Kitesurfing_Surfboards 2020 overview

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Duotone Surfboards

If you are looking to switch from a twin tip to a surfboard or directional kiteboard, it can be difficult to make the right choice due to the enormous range of different surfboard shapes, rocker lines and fin setups. Here we’d like to give you an overview of Duotone surfboards and surfboards in general – so you can find the right Duotone surfboard for you!

Where are you going to use it?

The first thing you need to think about is what conditions you would like to kitesurf in. The fundamental question is whether you are going to be predominantly learning freestyle tricks in shallow water and doing a bit of freeriding with just occasional surfing on smaller waves, or whether your goal is to surf bigger and faster waves like e.g. One Eye in Mauritius.

Needless to say, you don’t need to stick to one style. Most of our Duotone boards can be used in a range of different conditions. Just use the “Style finder” on our surfboard overview page to find the perfect Duotone board for you.

What should I be aware of when choosing the size of a Duotone surfboard?

In contrast to a twin tip, for example, when choosing a surfboard it is not just the length of the board that is important. Also crucial are the volume of the board, its general shape and its width in different places. That is why the ideal sizes vary from board to board. For each of our Duotone boards, we provide a specific weight-size table so that you can select the correct size.

How is a surfboard built?

Light Team Construction

The Light Team Construction is a very lightweight technique that uses a combination of materials such as carbon and bamboo to create the typical surfboard feel of a custom board while also being exceptionally robust and durable.

Classic Construction

The Classic Construction is a slightly heavier and more rigid construction that is tremendously robust and resilient.

Should I use straps on my surfboard?

The “strapped” versus “strapless” decision is down to your own preference and skill level. In the early days of kitesurfing, surfboards were generally equipped with straps. Nowadays, however, most people ride strapless because it gives much more freedom of movement. Having said that, you do sometimes see straps being used for big wave surfing as this gives more control over the board. There are some arguments for either approach depending on the rider’s level and the conditions.

Should I use pads or wax?

The answer to this question again depends on your own preference. Some people swear by wax, others prefer to use pads on their boards. Both help to give a better grip on the board. The benefit of pads is that you only need to stick them on your board once and then you will always have the same grip, whereas wax needs to be reapplied constantly. In particularly windy and sandy spots, pads are significantly easier to handle as the sand won’t stick to them.

What does “CSC” mean?

You may have noticed that some of our boards are also tagged “CSC”. This stands for "Compact Surf Concept”. CSC boards have the following features:

A shorter and more compact shape

The board reacts more immediately, allowing explosive, controlled snaps without the nose getting stuck in the water. This shape is also better for rotations in strapless freestyle and for big jumps.

Straighter rails

The straight rails ensure better grip and control, especially in choppy water. The board is also quicker to get gliding and can generate greater speed.

Less nose in front of your leading foot

This ensures a better momentum-weight, a more compact shape overall and makes rotations and balance on the board more straightforward.

More centralised stance

This makes it easier to find the “sweet spot”. By locating the volume and overall area more centrally around the feet, the rider needs smaller foot movements and less repositioning while surfing.

Shape

Lots of issues need to be considered when it comes to the shape of a surfboard. Even small modifications can have a large impact on the board’s characteristics. Here is a summary of the most important features:

Outline

The outline is essentially the shape of the board. This determines the rail line and how easy it is to turn the board. With a shorter outline, you can make tighter turns but the board will be less stable at high speeds. A longer outline offers better grip, however, turns will require a larger radius.

Tail

The shape of the tail is closely connected to the outline. The tail is the rear end of the board. A flat, broad tail (squash tail) ensures better lift and offers enhanced acceleration and excellent light wind performance. A more rounded tail (rounded pin tail) ensures better grip and drive and offers easier and more predictable handling.

Rocker line

The rocker is one of the most important characteristics of a board, with an influence on speed, turning behaviour and the board’s overall performance. The rocker indicates how curved a board is when examined from the side and is strongly influenced by the outline of the relevant board. Boards with a lower rocker are faster, better equipped to handle light winds and go into gliding mode more quickly. A larger rocker offers enhanced turning abilities and is particularly suitable for powerful, steep waves.

Volume

The volume of a surfboard determines its buoyancy. Beginners will prefer a board with a rather larger volume as this is easier to handle. The specific user’s weight is crucially important when determining the volume of a surfboard.

Nose

The nose is the front end of the board and, just like the tail, is closely linked with the outline and rocker. The nose indicates how the board will perform during turns. A nose that is rather straighter and flatter is particularly suitable for flat, small waves and offers good stability. A somewhat pointed nose is more appropriate for large, steep waves as it has a smaller surface area and allows longer, more rounded turns to be executed.

Fins

Number of fins

Most boards have 3 fins (thruster setup) or 4 fins (quad setup). The thruster setup offers a more direct feel for the board, especially when turning. It is very predictable and it is easy to find the release point. The quad setup is faster and allows larger turns and carves. You get a more direct feel when trimming, but you get less feedback when switching rail to rail.

Fin spacing

The spacing between the fins has a big impact on the characteristics of the board. With a thruster setup, you can tune the board by shifting the centre fin further back and the front fins further forward. Having smaller gaps between the fins allows tighter turns and the board will generally feel more dynamic. Consequently this setup is particularly good for smaller waves. Larger gaps between the fins ensures a bigger turning radius and additional drive; you feel more “locked in”.

Where can I get spare parts and fins for my surfboard?

Now and again you may find that you have lost a screw or a fin. Spare parts can be obtained from lots of kite shops or from the Duotone online shop.