it's ok few of these guys will do anything to bad mouth EPIC kites. If we were not pushing the limits or doing something right they would not even bother posting things under the EPIC threads. Look at Mr.UKSurf
for example, most of his post are on the EPIC threads. Now concerning this video I already explained what happen on the previous post that Mr.latino
posted under the (Epic Kites 3rd Generation. 3G II
) topic. I am not Superman and sorry I fell in the water, it happens to all of us.
You can see in the video that Mr.latino
took and posted (sorry can't mention his real name.
), that the kite went slowly on its side and touch the wing tip and was resting there while I was trying to get back on the SUP board. And since their was no breeze at all to lift the INFINITY v3 back up in the air and the wing tip was glued to the water like a suction cup, I decided to go towards the kite on the SUP board that I borrowed so I can pack the kite and get back to the beach and start all over again. But the kite never fell out of the sky like most kites do. Plus from the video that Mr.latino
took and posted you can see that I am barely moving on the SUP board compare to the RACE board that is creating apparent wind from its speed.
Any way in case you guys missed it, this was my response to Mr.latino
and now to Mr.SupaEZ
Poster: Dimitri M
Yes you are right Mr. latino. I knew you had a video and was able to catch me falling in the water. Well no body is perfect. Any way I took the risk to post this video just to show you the performance of the INFINITY V3 that day. But you have to understand that once I was far away from the shore, the next thing was to turn around so I can get back to the beach. So I was trying to turn on the 12 foot SUP board that you let me borrow and for the life of me could not turn that big board at all. So suddenly the SUP board start moving side ways towards the kite with no pressure on the lines so I fell in the water and the wing tip of the kite slowly went and touched the water. So I got back on the SUP and was trying to relaunch it. This is what you see on the video you just post. But as you can see I was way up wind and was able to prove once again the stability and performance of the INFINITY V3.
Kiting on an SUP is very different especially when you are trying to turn while both of your hands are on the kite with a camera in your mouth and you have nothing to steer the SUP board so it can turn. Actually I was using my right foot to turn the SUP board while pushing it into the water as a paddle so the SUP board can turn. Big boards like that are very hard to move or turn. It's like a Ferry Boat and every thing is so slow.
On the other hand my friend Damien is well know for his talent in racing and everything else he does, and having a big Race board that is wider then the SUP I was using + very big fins and an 18 meter kite helps a lot since you are creating apparent wind and using resistance on these big fins. Using an SUP board is totally different. You cannot go fast and your single fin is so small that you will start to go side ways if you try to turn (especially on an SUP board that you are not used to). This is what happened in that video. The SUP board that I borrowed from you start going side ways while I was trying to turn and I fell in the water. I wish I had a wide RACE board that day with very long 50 cm (x3) fins.
A race board is more manageable especially when it's wider then the SUP board I was using and turns faster and of course planes faster and is way more stable because of its wide surface. If I had a Race board I would easily be able to turn the board and come back.
It was a pilot mistake and yes I do fall in the water. Very hard to turn that 12 foot SUP board especially when their is minimum wind out there.