If you do manage to get down to a weight of 75kg, which is the same weight as mine then I can give you my personal impressions of riding with a 9m kite as the biggest in my standard quiver. If you don't manage to drop the expected weight then you would probably be on the 10.5m which would be comparable to me using the 9m.biggins wrote:Folks, NO brands please!!! If you need to talk about your brands, PM eachother or start a new thread.
Just kite/board size talk here...anyway.
Winds I was thinking was under 14knots, not super light, but light enough. My weight is 85kgs, but hoping to get down to 75kg this summer.
anyway, sounds like some go the surfboard route and mess around strapless, while others prefer to be powered on a small board.
Seems like you could get little hops on a small kite with a larger twin by building up speed and using small waves/chop to launch from. Small kites are just so much faster with more "pop" and a good wake pop with a kiteloop would get you a descent enough jump I'd think to do most tricks. You woudn't have the hang though...hmm, I'll have to see. I've been a big kite guy for years, so it'll be interesting to try.
thanks for the inputs, anyone else doing a big twin/small kite and still doing tricks in light winds?
The key thing is that your "small kite" needs to have very good lowend(pretty obvious), that it is very nimble around the sky, that it has very little backstall and goes upwind well.
The other part of the equasion is the board which not only needs to be bigger but also it needs to be able to accelerate well. Top speed isn't that important but acceleration is, otherwise the kite gets starved of power and the board won't be able to keep up with the kite.
I mentioned in a different post that my combo of 9m kite and 132-40cm board needs around 12-13knts to be rideable. If I use a large surfboard or a large TT , then I could take about 1-2knts off that mark.
Another option is to fix some 5-7m extensions which can also give you a knot more lowend.
However one thing that will probably never change is that no matter how much lowend a small kite produces you can't really ride it below 10knts.
Some small kites have surprising lowend but work on pure acceleration and agility. Once the windspeed is too low they can't get this acceleration and then you just need a truck like pull as you get from a super big foil which doesn't convert powerspikes into forward drive but mainly works on the principle of scooping up as much wind-pressure as possible.
Anyway, these are just my experiences.
P.S. A low rider weight is also absolutely essential