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How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby Durao » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:57 am

Even it is a freestyle C kite, does it work well in waves?
Good wind at all!

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Re: How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby BWD » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:11 am

Good if onshore to sideshore and enough power.
Drift is not as good as some wave kites, but if you are going to send the kite back and forth across the window and up and down, and unhook some, it can be awesome. really awesome.
BUT
For offshore, the fuel does not fly forward enough in the window. You could be pulled off/through the wave. If wind is light or waves are big/fast with medium wind, there are other kites that are easier to keep from backstalling (or you better hook back in and be careful to keep lines tight if you are on a fuel).
Most people would choose something else with more drift and depower for waves.
It depends how and where you ride though.
I like fuels still, but have not used on in waves for a while.
I would like to use a fuel in the waves again though, if the weather cooperates.

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Re: How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby Durao » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:22 am

Thanks BWD, I just got a Fuel 2013, however still in shipping process..
I used to ride a torch, but I am not aling with 5th line, so I decided to try the Fuel.. As it is perfect in unhooked way, I will try like it..
I was worried about relaunch, due to it is a C 4 lines, how do you judge its relaunch in light wind?
Make sure in good wind it become easier...
The wind over here in Brazil is changing position in this period..getting sideshore to onshore..realy good time to waves conditions..
thanks bro! Hope u get good waves conditions soon!

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Re: How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby BWD » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:55 am

For Brazil i would guess you got a 7, 9 or 11.
For the 7 or 9 relaunch should be ok from 10 knots so no worries.
C kite relaunch is not as fast as a delta type kite though.
For 11m fuel, it would be ok if the wind is good, but a little slow in the light winds for that kite.
I would say from 15 knots the relaunch for the 11 is fine for waves, below it is slower than I would like.
The good thing, though, is no bridle or fifth line, so even if the waves roll the kite before it can relaunch, you can fix it, relaunch and not have the kite torn.
If you have good luck.
Luck always helps in the waves. 8)
Probably in Brazil you got a 7 and will have great times with it for this season.
Makes me jealous, in the US it is getting COLD now.

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Re: How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby Durao » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:12 am

lol... I got a 11M..
normaly we have 15 - 18 kt...
Sometimes, as last week 25 kts...
For sure we need Luck to ride in waves..lol
In this city,
Salvador, the minimum temperature this year was 19 degrees C.
Great times are comming!
cheers

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Re: How does a Slingshot Fuel works in riding waves?

Postby magic%20Ed » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:37 pm

Up to last winter I kited strapless for several years with the Fuel. 11 is a bit slow for waveriding, 9 acceptable, 7 perfect, 6 good for high winds. Especially when unhooking during waveriding it is a good kite.

Switched to Rally, did a back-to-back review, and than you notice how much attention the fuel needs. With the Rally I can focus on the wave much more => better wave riding. Only unhooked the Fuel is king.

Riding the kite with a twintip is obviously an other discussion...


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