The wind has been so good this year on Hatteras I haven't had many opportunities to test this kite out. My first sessions the wind was blowing just under ten on the low end, averaging, 11 or 12 mph and gusting many times into the mid teens. For my weight, not ideal conditions really as when fully trimmed, the throw becomes very short and any overpowering you have to ride out our dump the kite in the kite in the water.
Yesterday I had a golden opportunity to take the kite out. It was a warm SW wind, not a kite or white cap in sight. Well that's not true, there was a Core XR3 out that flew twice for a maybe up to a minute but I couldn't tell you whether it was the 17 or 19 since it was far away.
I'm 145lbs and tested the 21 meter on the standard length lines plus the 3 meter extensions. I wanted to try without the extensions but the kite itself takes up so much of the wind window that I was not sure I could have enough margin of error to keep the kite dry during transitions.
I tried out my slightly large Crazy Fly Allround 139x41 and rode my Firewire Hellfire 5'6" with 5 fins. I have the deviant fin in because over the winter it helped me generate speed on my 13.5 on light days.
If you don't already know from research, the kite is not single point inflation. My cheap electric air pump lost a charge after about a minute and after that I had to pump 125 times to get the kite up to flyable pressure. Not all that bad though, what else are you going to do when there is no wind or waves. I'm in the process of uploading a few videos of session so they'll take time to put up here. I was not bothering to loop the kite during transitions, I seemed ok not losing too much ground if I adjusted for lightwind power. I did loop the kite once at some point and it was fine. Slow but steadily made the turn through the power zone. There was a point during the session where I probably could have back stalled the kite. I think that you really need to trim it and find its sweet spot to get max responsiveness/pull. Clearly it is that way with any kite but in extra light wind, well you get the idea.
I launched at this location where the meter is on the roof. I forget to put on my watch but I'm pretty sure I got in the water between 4:15 and 4:30 pm. I landed my kite shortly before 6 PM. While I was out on the water, I felt a short period of gusts maybe about mid session. These gusts felt like maybe 12-13 mph.
The Core kite was flying at the Waves location upwind of me and upon looking at the graph is more indicative of what I was feeling at water level.
If I flew this kite a lot, I believe it would reveal more and more secrets but having only an hour or so every month or so on it is tricky to dial in. In this first clip, I was not trimmed at all and felt a solid pull, nothing overwhelming on my first day when the slight offshore ~16 mph gusts kicked in. I was also taking short tacks. I think had I gained speed and power then trimmed the kite 25-30% I could have been more effective on the twin tip. If I had access to more lightwind twin tips like last summer I would have tried them all out but this had to do.
Here's the first part of the session, I'm not doing any special edits or music, just wanted to offer info for anyone curious.
I'll get more videos up as I edit them and rotate the tacks for viewing.
Here's the link if the video doesn't work on here:
Some trim adjustments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZSThA6H ... e=youtu.be