May 21

Basic Equipment For Kneeboarding Sport

Equipment For KneeboardingKneeboarding sport have many resemblance with surfing or water ski. Using a board, a rider will try to surf across the water surface and ride the wave. Only in kneeboarding, the rider will ride the board in sitting position. Kneeboarding sport is also known with its extreme maneuvers.

With kneeboarding, the athletes or riders will able to handle with boat’s high speed which is too fast to handle for any standup surfer. The high speed is required to make good maneuvers, and the speed will influence the maneuvers duration.

The boat speed is also determine by the kneeboarder weight. If the rider is heavier than the average person then the rider will have difficulties to maintain its maneuver duration, therefore the boat will has to go faster to compensate this condition.

There are some basic equipment that are used in kneeboarding activity to make sure that the rider able to perform their skill to the fullest and make great maneuvers such as;

Kneeboarding Board

Basically there are two types for the board which are; the kneeboarding board for slalom and board for making tricky maneuvers. Board for slalom is relatively smooth on the bottom of the board with sharp rails.

The slalom kneeboard’s design is focusing on the speed so the rider can surf as fast as they can. Meanwhile the trick kneeboards have many curvature or rocker on the board bottom side with sturdy and thick rail. This design will help the rider to make tricky maneuvers and movement.

The average size for kneeboarding boards are from5 feet to 6.5 feet. Compare to regular surfing board, kneeboarding board have rounder tip as its nose. The boards usually made from grassfire with polyurethane foam material as its core.

The Rubber Pad

To avoid the rider knees from getting injured by the board and slipping from the top of the board, the upper side of the board has a rubber pad installed for the rider knees. The rubber pad is also improve the rider grip to the board and help the rider to control the board easier.

The Fins

The fins more frequently used in slalom kneeboarding and consider not useful for the trick kneeboarding. Some boards are made retractable fins, therefore these boards can be used for whether for slalom and trick kneeboarding.

The fins made from various material such as Kevlar, the usual carbon fiber or even high grade material such as titanium alloy.

The Rope

The rope is used to pull the rider using a speed boat. e minimum length for kneeboarding rope is forty five feet. Any strong rope can be used in kneeboarding. It will be better if the rope is made with non-slip material and easy to grip by the rider.

One of the best type of rope for the knee boarding is the braided rope. This type of rope will allow the rider to make twist and turn maneuvers as they want. The rope is also easier to grip bby the rider

The Boat

The boat will pull the kneeboarders across the water surface and build the momentum for the kneeboarders to make their maneuver.

Dec 03

Finding The Right Skis

Types of SkisAt this time of year, snow skiing is one of the most famous sport that will be performed by many people, especially in northern part of the earth. The ski fans from novice to expert will go to mountain to go skiing down on its slopes.

This sport is a great and fun activity, but this sport is really depend on the right skiing gears. Unless you are using the proper equipment, snow skiing can be dangerous and frustrating activity.

So, here are some tips that can help you to choose the proper ski gears for your skiing activity that suit to your skill and style;

Skiing level

One of the most crucial aspect in selecting the right pair of skis is the person skiing skill. Novice skiers and skiers with intermediate skiing skill should use a pair of skis that can be control easily. Meanwhile the expert skiers might want to use specialized pair of skis.

Skis materials

Originally, skis made from wood materials, but as the technology getting more advance, the material that can be used to make skis become more vary such as fiberglass, aluminum, various carbon fiber, Kevlar, synthetic polyethylene, combination of various materials and other strong but lightweight material.

The research and development to find the finest material for skis is still ongoing even until these days. The material will make a strong but light and flexible pair of skis.

Skiing type

In this sport, there are few skiing types, so each type will require different skis designs that match to their purpose. For example, the cross country skiing will need thinner but longer skis design compare to skis for downhill.

The difference in structure and design due to the cross country skis is also use to glide on straight paths, meanwhile the downhill skis are more concentrating on the speed and making quick turn when the skier going down the hill.

Even the downhill skill has variety of types such as freestyle, racing or slalom, long jump and powder.

The skis length

For novice skiers, it is recommended to use shorter skis to help them make a turn easier. This pair of skis will help them in learning how to make the skis turn. The short skis are slower compare to the longer skis.

Since longer skis can move faster than the shorter skis, it will take higher skill and experience to control the skis. So, longer skis is used by more experienced skier with higher level of skiing.

People with heavier weight are also need longer skis, so, they do not sink easily in the snow. Longer skis also can handle snow with different condition better. Therefore, the length of the skis will be depend on the skier’s weight, skill and style.

Skis shapes and design

There are various shapes and designs for skis according to its use. For example, skis with narrow boot area are designed so it can make fast and sharp turns but has less stability. This type of design is suitable for race or slalom skiing

Meanwhile the opposite result will happen with skis with wider boot area. Therefore, this type of skis design will be perfect for cross country skiing.

Skis stiffness

The skis stiffness or flexibility will be depend on the material that is use to made the skis.