fun2kite wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:21 am
I am curious of why 80 cm (shorter mast) is better in Low wind conditions ? This is something i never heard before and I always look to improve the Low end where I can ride.
Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:14 pm
A few times the short 80 cm for marginal dead onshore winds 5-7 knots, so used quite rare, but on some hot good summerdays it can be epic just to be able to get out
If only say 5-7 knots dead onshore, it is usually impossible to drag "out", nor swim.
(Or whatever your personal lower limit where your specific kite can not really hang, is)
Thus you have to walk as far as you can, barely touching the bottom finally - and then loop the kite to get going (downwind towards shore) before your foil hits the bottom or sandbank/reef/shore.
So a shorter mast can be the ONLY way to get up and ride in these conditions
It is a bliss though, WHEN you manage to get out, as once out, it is easy because you have much more room towards shore, to pump into foiling while you go downwind doing this - and can head upwind again once foiling
An even shorter mast would also work with more safety margin, but around 70-80 seems to work if you got the right (big) board so it wont sink while getting up.
If you ride with straps, and a really powerfull spikey foilkite, you can sometimes get up in one shot having the mast less vertical, so it wont touch the bottom, but can be risky.
Not possible strapless, nor in ultimate marginal wind (with straps) where you need several attempts to get going