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by Frank82
Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: need a new twin tip....cracked one
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: need a new twin tip....cracked one

I've been riding a crazyfly raptor ltd for a couple of years now and that board is really durable, had some hot landings on it from kiteloops and unhooked tricks and it held up nicely. I also lost it once and it got stuck in between the boulders of a jetty, waves smashed on it and I recovered it dur...
by Frank82
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kite size recommendations
Replies: 42
Views: 6149

Re: kite size recommendations

Get a 10m and a 7m, a 17m will only help a little in your low-end but with a 10m you'll be well powered in 20-30 knots, above 30kn you can ride with the 7m. Below 20kn stay with your 14.
by Frank82
Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

Basic factor - I've been out windsurfing in some very heavy winds, which are frequent where I live: usually 40 knots plus. I believe I have experienced 50 knot winds about 3 or 4 times. Air density and bullshitting is a big factor here - at 80kilos I'm maxed out on a 5m kite in 38 knots. So I find ...
by Frank82
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

Thanks guys, knew I could rely on your knowledge to confirm this. Today we had a good session on 7-8m kites in 5° C. Drysuit season is upon us now - not too bad if you have the equipment :D Drysuit season is still 1-2 months away for us in western europe, at least the beaches aren't crowded that ti...
by Frank82
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

Cold air is denser, thus more weight per m3. The warmer the air the more it expands and thus less weight. The difference isn't that much though, usually people make a big point out of it but when it's blowing 30kn the difference is 2-4kn max (roughly).
by Frank82
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which board is best for me...?
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: Which board is best for me...?

In my opinion big boards are boring, they are hard to pop, hard to jump and do tricks with and mainly just good for cruising. I'd get a 15m or 17m dedicated light wind kite and use your regular twintip. You'll have a lot more fun and can practise your freestyle tricks (hooked or unhooked) without ge...
by Frank82
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

The problem with 5m kites is that they are great for wave riding but not so much for boosting, sure you'll go high but you drop like a brick. Maybe the dedicated storm kites like the OR Storm are different but I prefer to stay with a 7m for boosting in overpowered conditions (40-45kn gusts).
by Frank82
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

Had a session yesterday with 30kn wind gusting to 36kn, this on my 9m c-sle kite. I was on boots (you can hold your edge better compared to straps) and just doing big jumps and some loops and I was completely maxed out, in the gusts I had to dig my edge in very hard or go for a jump. If the wind wou...
by Frank82
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

I found an interesting table at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/weatherstation/technical/Windforce.html Kites are not flat vertical surfaces, but I think it gives a reasonable estimate when sh*t happens and the kite gets maximum exposure to the wind. At 60 knots (111.12 km/h), it's more than 90kg of force ...
by Frank82
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in 50-60 knots
Replies: 163
Views: 23688

Re: Kiting in 50-60 knots

With a C shaped kite it's easier to stay in control than with a flat bow kite in strong winds. The C kite can be depowered by edging hard (pushing the kite to the edge of the wind window), with a (flatter) bow shaped kite that's not really possible and you have to rely on the depower on the bar. Dep...

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