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Féfis
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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby Féfis » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:21 pm

I use RRD religion and they are great...good turnnig speed and no power when wanted

Nico
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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby Nico » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:51 am

Tokite, try the drifter.
Nico

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Janus
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Style: Freeride
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North X-Ride 129x38
Naish Custom Wave Global 5.7
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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby Janus » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:58 pm

So we are telling what we use...
Ok, I'm changing from OR Rise to OR Razor for better wave performance and nice looping.
So for me it is the perfect wave kite.

tony montana
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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby tony montana » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:27 pm

candelaria wrote:what do you guys think about north evo or rebel (both 2012) for wave?

Great kites if you live in gusty spot go rebel,i fly naish parks,i have had both these kites and cant fault them freeride or waves. tony. :

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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby Starsky » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:15 am

Very powerful to keep the size down

Highly depowerable within arms reach so you dont get yanked from where you wanna be

Very fast turning to put it where you want

Very fast flying when you sheet out also to put it where you want

Flies well when sheeted out

Medium bar pressure to always give great feedback

Flies well on a small bar one handed

Pulls like crazy in a normal arc turn to get you out of trouble and give killer low end workability

Doesn't pull at all when you crank the bar and pinwheel it on its axis so you can both put it where you want and not get yanked from where you wanna be

Unhooks with no stall and without requiring you first pull some trim

Drifts downwind rock steady when you ride straight at it.

Rock solid stability in the air and generally stays where you put it.

Low strut count light weight simple design

As tough as possible but easy to repair

very quick relaunch

Clean uncluttered bar

4 line

I think thats pretty much it.

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Janus
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North X-Ride 129x38
Naish Custom Wave Global 5.7
Nobile Skim
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Location: Netherlands

Re: perfect wave kite

Postby Janus » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:18 pm

Hi Starsky,
Very well summed up.

Looks like you also tried the 2012 OR Razor .. ;-)

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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby i96dansa » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:30 am

I've used the Kahoona V3 7,5 in the waves in pretty much all winds. Others keep trucking about on 12m kites and I can still have a blast in the waves on my Kahoona and an Underground Freewave 5"8 by just moving my feet a bit forward on the board to get more float.

Anyway, the Kahoona v3 floats really well and slack lines are not a problem. I have never dropped it (but it's been very close a couple of times when I refuse to get off the wave because it's so good).

Only snag with the Kahoona V3 is that the bridle is so long that it could potentially get stuck on the wing-tip. It's never happened to me but I'm worried about it whenever the kite is in the water (yes, I've put it there many times by human error...not because of backstall or drifting problems).

I'm not a best rep, teamrider or anything. I just love that kite. I'm sure there are a lot of great kites out there but I find the price/performance ratio of the Kahoona to be great for me.
Also, the Kahoona is very light (low weight) and I really think that contributes to the great flying charactaristics.

I did not like the V2 because it did not have a smooth depower.
I guess the V4 is even better (faster steering and a tad bit less bar pressure according to marketing).

For me, the v3 7,5 is perfect but I'm thinking about getting an 11,5 v4 to replace some big 13m waroos that I don't really like for waves.

Hope that helped.

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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby konetoniolo » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:41 am

Hey guys.

My question is not for the kite itself...

I started kitewave for a about 6 months. Yeasterday I saw a nice Ben Wilson clip of how to unhook in waves.
But I questioned myselfg yeasterdey a think one friend told me a while ago: what size of kite should i be using... he told me that he heard from a friend that u should always pick a smaller size than the one u are usualy using for the wind condition, cause it will have less bar pressure, and the wave boardhave more flutuation, so it will help?

i just wondered how smaller it should be, or if it realy should be smaller or not?

tnx guys

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ITN
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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby ITN » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:11 pm

I personally like to go as small a kite as possible but still get back upwind ( even if I need to sine the kite a lot) I remember one week on holiday I only had my 6m kite because my bigger kite exploded. I was very frustrated but it was a blessing in disguise because i was forced to learn how to fly the kite more and use the board to stay upwind. Best thing that ever happened.
For my board I use whatever I regular surf on. A 6'4" for me but everyone has their personal taste. I like the board to work even if I turn off the kite power so I like the extra flotation (also means I can ride a smaller kite!)

Btw the above only really applies for waveriding not freestyle of course.

Oh and to stay on topic i really like the ozone reos now. But there are a lot of good wave kites these days. It's very personal.

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Re: perfect wave kite

Postby vasco » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:49 pm

Starsky wrote:Very powerful to keep the size down

Highly depowerable within arms reach so you dont get yanked from where you wanna be

Very fast turning to put it where you want

Very fast flying when you sheet out also to put it where you want

Flies well when sheeted out

Medium bar pressure to always give great feedback

Flies well on a small bar one handed

Pulls like crazy in a normal arc turn to get you out of trouble and give killer low end workability

Doesn't pull at all when you crank the bar and pinwheel it on its axis so you can both put it where you want and not get yanked from where you wanna be

Unhooks with no stall and without requiring you first pull some trim

Drifts downwind rock steady when you ride straight at it.

Rock solid stability in the air and generally stays where you put it.

Low strut count light weight simple design

As tough as possible but easy to repair

very quick relaunch

Clean uncluttered bar

4 line

I think thats pretty much it.


That's it.
Just one more thing.
Short bridle.


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