Yeah, common problem with foil addicted riders. I find regular stretching of forearm muscles and icing after sessions very helpfuljunebug wrote: ↑Tue May 01, 2018 6:16 pmYeah, small kites are sooooo much fun. Unfortunately for me, I developed tendonosis of my biceps/brachialis from flying my 4.5m LF Solo on 23m lines in 15kn on a regular basis. It required constant input to keep enough power to stay on foil and I didn’t allow myself enough rest. PT for 6 weeks and coming up on 2 months out of the water and it still hasn’t resolved.
My personal motto used to be “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” but, when I am able to get back on the water, small kites will be a once-in-a-while treat rather than daily use for me.
Yeah, as an exclusive twin tipper before foiling, I had ridden a 5m exactly two times in 10 years of kiting and a 6-7-8-9m no more than 10 times. I would say 70% of my twin tip sessions were on a 12m and 30% on a 10m. That’s part of why I overdid it on small kites. It was so much more fun than flying those huge hoopdies.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Tue May 01, 2018 8:09 pmBloody Mary you must ride "underpowered" if you have to work the kites that much
I thought I rode small kites, but not compared it seems, I like being in the sweetspot
Anyways, it seems that those finding a 5 m2 kite "extremely fast" are the ones who dont ride surfboards much, or in light wind areas ?
As when used to 4 - 5 - 6 m2 kites on surfboards, the smaller kites suddenly becomes "slow" on a hydrofoil, as a lot less wind so not nearly as fast nor aggressive
Also like longer lines when small kites, but this is in general I like 26 m lines as the shortest, and longer in lighter wind.
I use a normal bar for the smallest kites when hydrofoiling, feels very normal and slower than when on a surfboard as noted.
Like Plummet says: Get used to it, no reason to have a shorter bar !
You will learn to appreciate being able to control everything onehanded with the tip of your fingers almost, especially if the kite is low bar pressure, as it becomes even lower when hydrofoiling of course.
Use 5 and 6 m2 kites very very often, but small kites below 5 m2 a bit more rare.
Smaller than 5 m2 needed only when wind exceeds 20 knots for my average weight, but happens too of course, in conditions not suitable for surfboards but can be awesome for wave hydrofoiling or just having fun in chop
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