rofer wrote:My hope with my 17m Flite was that it would work like you said, but so far I've just been using my 12m since it has a good bottom end, but can also handle the occasional 30kt gusts. I'm not sure the 17m would be manageable when the gusts got much above 20kt. I've got a smaller aboards z-series I could switch to, but then I'm not sure if I'm any better off than with my bigger board and the 12m.
Yes it all depends on the lull / gust range. As I mention, we are generally 10k g to 20kt so 17 Ozone Zeph is the weapon of choice due to excellent top end for a 17m. Boards range from Directional / Door TT to a 135 TT to extend that range.
If you are talking 10kt g to 30kt... well, that's not really ride able IMO as risk now is greater than reward (for me at least). If you are talking 15kt g to 30kt then (as an experienced rider) you can probably make a 9-10m work but IMO still introducing too much risk when the gust variance is over 15k. If you are using a 12m - what is your typical lull speed at that spot? If its below 12/13kt or so then 12m I reckon is too small and then too big for 30kt gust.
Over the years Ive learned that even though I love kiting, trying to force a session, whether it be too light or too gusty, is just not worth it. Found that the hour or so trying to make it work was me fighting for my safety rather than enjoying the session. There just comes a point or realization that its not a ride able spot under most conditions. Yeah you may get that 1 day out of the month where its pretty decent and you then crave that next session only to find that its too gusty and not really safe.