SolarSet wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:37 pm
grigorib wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:32 pm
17m Turbine felt heavy and slow but I could ride my 15m Turbine when a friend was struggling with 17m Turbine. 13m Contra didn’t have enough power for my 200 lbs. and neither 13m Turbine did when we was debating going smaller size than my 15m.
Your friend had different board/weight? I wouldn't consider even smaller sizer of Contra like 13/15 as they must be dedicated to lighter person. I'm 200lbs hence I ride switchblade 14m when other people would fly 12m. If i'm happy with contra 17m and it will overlap my sb 14 range I would consider selling sb 10 & 14 and getting 11m instead. My sb10 let me ride from 18-28kts.
He had 27m lines vs mine 30m, he was lighter than me a had a smaller board. The hassle to turn a 17m/19m Zamboni in the skies is killing lots of wing performance. I’m (mostly) a Slingshot guy and I tried to step down to 14m Rally as to my ligtwind kite. While it flew in less wind than heavier 15m Turbine it didn’t have nearly as much pull as the Turbine. I’d assume the Switchblade and Contra would be similar to Rally/Turbine Slingshot models.
15m Turbine was my magic for a large twintip board
. I owned 19m Speed3 Deluxe, through 16m NRG to 15m Turbine.
On that path, I tried so many of the LW kites and I landed my choice on the 15m Turbine:
Flysurfer 19m Speed 3 Deluxe, 16m/14m Liquid Force NRG, 17m Best TS, Airush Lithium Zero 18m, 17m Slingshot Turbine (slow), 15.5m Liquid Force Solo, 17m Core XR LW, 15m Flysurfer Sonic FR, 15m Naish Fly, 15m Ozone Chrono R1, 18m Cabrinha Velocity, 13m Ozone Edge, 13m Cabrinha Contra, BRM Cloud 17m
Eventually I tried 14m Rally and 13m Turbine and 14m was far less powerful, not enough for LW door riding.
9m is my best jumping kite as a reference point
Any 12m I ever tried felt slow, 10m wasn’t big enough so I settled to 11m for “regular” size but I’d rather foil in 11m/14m conditions. Way more fun and play and speed and I’d be foiling on a 7m/9m in those winds.
For high winds the 7m works well and for 40+ knots twintip or 25-30 knots foiling I got a 5m recently.
I’d say 5/7/9/11 is a nice line and I’d add 15m if I ever ended up riding door in shallows a lot