>> A lot of people still do not get this Kona concept.
But, quite a few do...
I have 10 pre-sold at this point in time, with twice as many tire
kickers about ready to set the hook...
Let's get *real*...nobody is blowing anyone out of the water on any
sailcraft under 10 knots...there's slow , slower, slowest...;-)
Let's keep it in perspective...not everyone gets off on the "I'm too
serious", anal, tweaker, racerhead thing in light air...great for people
that HAVE to compete...but, many other sailors just want some TOW to
relax...and have some F U N...:-)
I know that's kind of a retro idea...but, that's basically it in a
There's a guy in the SF Bay area getting one because he's tired of
getting off work late, dealing with traffic getting to the launch,
spending an hour getting his FW stuff rigged and dialed in, just in time
for the wind to die back under 10 kts...he just wants to get wet and
wash off the day's grime...with a miminal amount of grief from his
gear...the KISS concept...
The Kona is all about having fun...the fact that it even planes at all,
is a huge bonus...most people will only use a 5m2-6m2 sail on this
board...helluva lot funner than going to the gym...and you can teach on
it...freestyle on it...ride waves on it...cruise upwind with the
daggerboard down...standup paddle it...etc...etc...
> It is
>> already sold out with more containers to follow. It is the best selling
>> board I have seen in years. Finally a real world board that is not just
>> for beginners.
>>I agree, if there is 10 or 12 knots of wind I'd rather be on FW gear
>>(which I don't have either) or almost anything short and wide at the
>>back and leave off the extra, heavy front metre. But if the wind is
>>going from mostly 6 to occasional 10 knots, I bet this would be more
>>fun and mostly faster. And the stand-up paddleboard use would be the
> A lot of people still do not get this Kona concept. Right now if you
> are an entry level sailor and you walk in to a windsurfing shop you are
> directed toward a 270 by 100 wide beginner board. These boards are
> great for learning and school use but most of them will need a 9.0 sail
> to plane in 12 knots of wind. I do not think these boards are versatile
> enough to keep people e***d.
> In under 12 knots of wind the Kona should out perform all of these
> entry level boards without needing a huge sail. It offers an EVA deck
> and a 70 cm width which will make it much friendlier than traditional
> long boards. When it planes the duck tail allows the board to plane on
> a much shorter length so the board remains fun. Add in the stand up
> paddle concept and the appeal grows even larger.
> I love to go out on my formula gear it is a ton of fun when you have
> some one to run with and the bottom wind stays above 10 knots. It does
> not work well as a cottage board or in shallow water or in a big shore
> pound or for people that do not want to sail 9.0 and larger sails.
> The first shippment of kona's will be in sometime in April. It is
> already sold out with more containers to follow. It is the best selling
> board I have seen in years. Finally a real world board that is not just
> for beginners.
> Best Regards:
> Steve Gottlieb