Today we are happy people because there is virtually no wind and we have a Boardschmiede light wind in the car. So we go on the water.
General info Boardschmiede
A Boardschmiede ligthwind twin tip kitesurf board is made by a small manufacturer from Workum in the Netherlands. Although the name is very German, the boards are made on Dutch soil. Boardschmiede makes small runs of kite surfboards, including this lightwind twin tip. All boards are hand-shaped by true kite surf enthusiasts.
How did we get the Boardschmiede?
How we came into contact with the relatively unknown brand went as follows:
A few years back in Workum when I came down the water, there was almost no wind, a few boys were standing on the beach with some boards. One of those boys approached me and asked if I would like to try his lightwindboard. He guaranteed that I would get away with it. I doubted, because everyone with a tubekite came off the water, due to lack of wind, but well, who does not dare ..
So I went on the water with the board and a 12 meter kite, noticeable how light the board was for its size 152 x 45. Even more striking was that I was sailing with 1x sinus and to top it all I was gaining height as a silly one. What kind of board is this? Of course we wanted to know more.
The shape of a twintip Boardschmiede
The concept of Boardschmiede is fairly simple, they say they have the perfect shape and they apply this to all their twintips, including their lightwind version. There is a clear V-shape in the middle. This is extra important for the large model to start your jumps and also ensures a soft landing.
The double concave is responsible for more grip on the rail, so you can sail upwind quickly. As a result, the board also goes faster in plané. Together with the mono concave in the nose and the tail creates a very directive board that is stable and forgiving.
A 3D rail is used for a pleasant mix of grip and smoothness
The pads are fairly simple. They have a simple strap to tighten or loosen the pads and there is an edge around your toes for those who like it. In itself great to ride with, they feel soft on the feet and a single strap is sufficient.
Personally, I am completely lyrical about this board. It is a light-wind board of 152 x45, made of Carbon, but weighs lighter than my Core Fusion of 137 x 41 (also carbon).
f it’s about 12-13 knots, I can sail wonderfully with my 12 meter and this board. Also walking height is fine, I am still surprised about that and it feels like you are riding a normal size twin tip.
You can easily edge through the 3D trail, which keeps you in control even when the wind is blowing harder. The pop is similar to a regular twin tip and the landings are fairly soft despite the large surface of the board.
In addition, I also use the board for novice kite surfers who sail away on it and don’t feel like they have a heavy door hanging on their feet.
This is the best lightwind twin tip board I have ever sailed. You can cruise nicely with minimal wind. The board also weighs relatively little in proportion.
The upwind qualities are unprecedented and if the wind picks up while you are on the water, this board can easily be edged, so that you can continue riding it like a normal twin tip. In short, the Boardschmiede ligthwind kitesurfboard is a must for anyone who no longer wants to skip a light wind session!
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