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What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby tautologies » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:56 am

So, whats your setup? In general I am not a big fan of light wind riding, but sometimes it is needed and I had a good time today in really light winds today.

I was out on an 09 15 meter Naish Cult and a Carafino foil board. The kite has a lot of power for sure, and I had to ride it sheeted out quite a bit since the board does not require that much wind.
I was figuring a surfboard like the 6'2'' Fish would do good too. I went out at about 2pm -ish for some time...had a great time, riding quite depowered at times.

The foilboard is a brilliant board for going upwind, and combined with the Cult 15, I think it is a good light wind setup. I really want to ride that board in some waves. :-)

Whats your setup?
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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby tungsten222 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:12 am

Ah well, I can afford only 50% of my killer lightwind setup: I have the skimboard, but I'm still looking for someone to sponsor the 19m Flysurfer doona :baby:

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby WANTSOME » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:35 am

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby tautologies » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:49 am

tungsten222 wrote:Ah well, I can afford only 50% of my killer lightwind setup: I have the skimboard, but I'm still looking for someone to sponsor the 19m Flysurfer doona :baby:
lol, what about sweetalking the missus?

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:59 am

My ultimate lightwind setup is an 11m2 Nova3 and a strapless 6'6 Fish board :thumb:

As I am only 74kg, bigger kites dont give me anything more in the low end (and Nova3 IS a low end grunty kite, so could be compared to a 13m2 "typical" kite).

And then of course lines around 30m if it is "on the edge" low end conditions where you have to sine very often, or if there are many wind lulls...
Otherwise just standard line length 21-22m2.

Works great because of the wide tail and straight lines for early planing and good upwind angle, and the volume is also important in the lulls.

This is my light wind setup - well, maybe it would be "was" !

Because there is ONE disadvantage - a surfboard (even a faster/straighter fish) has rocker and/or round tail edges, to be able to turn well.
Meaning it starts planing early true, but from then on the speed is constant and does not accelerate really :-?

But the new course race boards, they have volume, they have straight lines, they have lots of fins (2 or 4 big fins), and they have flat tailrocker, and they have straps.

Which means they start ridicoulously early - because of the apparent wind when you gain speed, as they can accelerate enourmously.
Also because of the good upwind angle, the apparent wind increases and kite power increases :D
(going downwind is difficult in these conditions in fact... You have to loop the kite sometimes)

So this is the best setup I've used !

In fact it is really amazing to see how you (or others on the same setup) can blast along even in wind where you can hardly keep the kite in the air 8)

But there is no fun riding waves with such a thing, so it is solely for getting out in low end conditions :wink:

Kindly, Peter Frank

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby Wibbler » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:06 am

Hand-made epoxy finless skim ( 130 x 51cm)
Flysurfer Speed SA 19m

Happily mowing the ocean lawn in 7knots @ 90kg

If its under 7knots, I happily service the wife @ home.

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby voodoospirit » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:09 am

speed² 15 regular + 140*42 for 64kg.

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby pebbles » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:36 pm

13m EZE and custom 52" Roushe Creations Megaloaf Skim.

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby mv » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:52 pm

It used to be an FS Speed 2 19m and Door 64.

Now it is a FS Pulse 12m and 11'6" Surftech Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board from 8-12 knots. Under 8 knots it is the SUP with the paddle.

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Re: What is your killer lightwind setup?

Postby dr.lojz » Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:15 pm

Easy like that ;-)
75kg, flat water
Speed2 SA15 with 140/39 clasic board from 9-10knots
Speed2 SA15 with F.A.R.T 2 150 8knots
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