Horst Sergio wrote:
Lets see if we will have the first serial-kite-canard-foil from France.
Never expected it will be a race foil but a wave foil makes sense in my eyes. The canard could have similar advantages as the mono
http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=19 ... 5&start=20
but less of its problems as low speed range. With a foil that is less sensible for ventilation, when riding too high you can also use a bit shorter struts (around 80 cm) which is maybe also not so bad for wave riding closer to the beach.
The canard could be expected to 'crash' in a nicer way, and to have reduced loading on the foil box.
How efficient it can become and how manouverable, will be interesting to see, but Nico seems very impressed with the manouverability already.
I expect designing a canard requires a lot of iterations to get to a solution. If they could do that on a computer, it would save a lot of time and money, but I guess they cant do much of that as yet.
I think the mono foil may even have more potential than the other designs, but it seems to me it would only work for kitefoiling and not windfoiling, as I think the rider would have to be able to alter the angle of attack of the wing by altering his weight distribution, and I can see how that could be done for kitefoiling. The disadvantage would be that it would require moving parts.
The canard design does have implications for twintip foiling, in that it confirms that you can have a rear positive lifting foil with the leading edge travelling forward.