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Using longer lines for light wind

Postby Alex6681 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:54 am

Has anyone try 30m to 35m lines on the new generation delta/hybrid kites for light wind? I have a 10M 2012 Airush VarialX which I use on about 8 kts with Sector with 23M lines (I am light) Thinking of extending to 30M and so can go a couple of kts lower..Comments and experience will be helpful..Cheers

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby DenisLaMenace » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:07 am

for sure it helps in light winds when the weather is warm but the water still cold like in spring.

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby RichardM » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:25 am

Alex6681 wrote:Has anyone try 30m to 35m lines on the new generation delta/hybrid kites for light wind? I have a 10M 2012 Airush VarialX which I use on about 8 kts with Sector with 23M lines (I am light) Thinking of extending to 30M and so can go a couple of kts lower..Comments and experience will be helpful..Cheers
When I started, 30M was the norm and some people, such as me, used 40M lines. I have no firsthand knowledge regarding how they would work with modern kites but I assume all the following traits would still apply:

1. You can get noticeably more power due to the much longer power stroke. Depending on your particular setup and conditions, you might be able to stay upwind in SEVERAL miles per hour less wind.

However there are some downsides which might have varying importance depending on your situation:

2. They are potentially more dangerous because power is a twoedged sword and if your kite gets uncontrolled it can develop MUCH more power.

3. You need a larger area to land and launch.

4. You'll likely have something of a learning curve regarding judging where your kite is going to land etc. Even once this is easy for you, you'll need to bear in mind that it is very easy for OTHER kiters to misjudge where your kite may fly.

5. It is probably somewhat easier for your kite to develop slack lines and fall.

6. Turning speed is noticeably reduced.

7. If your lines end up spaghettied, you'll have a bigger meal.

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby pwnd550 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:30 am

I met a guy in punta cana this february who used a 17m griffin prototype with 47m lines, and he was able to go ride in very low winds, like 4-5 knots.

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby seanflex » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:59 am

sure will! your stroke will be longer, ( longer stroke= more power ) but the kite could be sluggish in the turns.. :naughty:

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby schuler » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:04 pm

RichardM wrote: 7. If your lines end up spaghettied, you'll have a bigger meal.

:lol: ....so true.

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby tautologies » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:13 pm

Used 32 on my race kite. Was great. The race kites turn slow anyway, so it doesn't really matter as much. :-)

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby Alex6681 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:12 am

thanks guys.. will try 30M first and see what happens...supper light wind in Singapore

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby tautologies » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:57 pm

Alex6681 wrote:thanks guys.. will try 30M first and see what happens...supper light wind in Singapore
For free riding the longest I would use is 28. Usually 24...the most used length for me is 20 :)

If you have light wind try a race board....you'll get a whole new outlook on kiting...

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Re: Using longer lines for light wind

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:10 pm

tautologies wrote:
Alex6681 wrote:thanks guys.. will try 30M first and see what happens...supper light wind in Singapore
For free riding the longest I would use is 28. Usually 24...the most used length for me is 20 :)

If you have light wind try a race board....you'll get a whole new outlook on kiting...
Taut - I assume he IS on a raceboard, or a freeraceboard okay (a Sector he writes in his first post) :thumb:

But agree fully, longer than 28-30 does not give much, but decreases the fun factor by a huge margin 8)

:D Peter


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