Weight and strength helps here. It is almost impossile to compete against heavy rider, because the force (lift) he can take from the kite is so much bigger (proportional to weight or if heavy guy is stronger even more). On ice friction is not much different whether kiter is heavy or light weighted, and even more important air resistance is almost same for bigger or smaller guy. This is true if the wind is strong enough, which is achieved for most kiters relatively easily.Hardwater Kiter wrote:When it seems like some people seem to be able to achieve higher speeds than others, even when in similar winds, surface and gear, you can pretty much bet it comes down to how well they edge. How well they edge comes down to rider ability to drive the edge and having the right equipment.
Something has limited the speeds achieved in that day, perhaps the wind itself? You can't benefit from higher lift if you are too weak to use it. Lower the wind speed the more superior high AR kite is, at high wind speeds the kiter and the surface are the most critical things.Hardwater Kiter wrote: And, 2 years ago we did side by side comparisons of speeds between a 9m Chrono 1 and 8m Ozone Access. There was surprisingly little difference in performance. So IMO efficiency is great for some things but it does not equate to good speed results in all conditions.
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