biggins wrote:Anyone using a small fast kite and big board in light winds?
This year, I'm thinking of going small kite and big board and then just swapping to a regular twin for good winds. I'm just tired of slow big kites.
Anyway, what size small kites are you riding in what winds, what type boards are you using with the small kites? surf, large twin, skim?
I see a lot of talk about large kites, or large boards, but not as much about small kites being used in relatively light winds.
Just curious as to what are good options without getting into brand wars.
I think to get the most out of small kites in light winds you really need a directional board, and ride strapless or at least with the back foot free.
It's also important get a forward flying (high L/D) kite, because kiting in light wind is all about going upwind. A flat kite (high depower, in light wind, yes!!) is also important, because in the upward strokes you need to sheet out to minimize drag as much as you can while pointing upwind - keeping an upright stance in the board here is key)
Last year I bought a used waroo 2007 7m for my girlfriend to learn kiting. As I later found out it actually sucks as a begginer kite (bad relaunche, inverts on the water, backstalls easily), but being a high-aspect and flat kite, it has a much better low-end than my 9m cult (which BTW is great for begginers, waveriders but does not have a good low end). As a 7m it's still pretty fast, so you can generate power through sining the kite. At 75 kg and with my 5'6''/23'' retro fish and 30m lines I have the same low end as anyone at my spot (we do not have foils here though)
So now when the wind is light I use her waroo and she uses my cult