Flyboy wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:59 am
What kite size do you rig for 50 kts?!
At my local launch almost everyone rides surf boards. The kite sizes used are pretty consistent: a 9m for anything over 17/18 kts, a 7m for anything consistently over 23/24 kts, a 5m for anything consistently over 27/28 kts. Optimal wind for a 5m on a SB is around 30 kts. Up to 35 kts. is doable, anything over that & it becomes extremely difficult to ride waves.
All LF Solos
30 knots and up I ride my 4.5m kite.
12m ideal 20 knots, I can hold down until 24g28 knots and still have fun.
9.5m ideal is 24 knots, I can hold down 30g35 and still have fun.
6.5m ideal is 28 knots, I can hold down 35g40 and still have fun.
4.5m ideal is 32 knots, I can hold down 40g45 and still have fun.
I ride a high volume (30L) 4'10" x 19" surfboard.
I used to ride OR Prodigy 5m and Blade Trigger 5m in big winds before I switched to 4.5m Solo.
Like I said before unless you are riding Rooster Rock the wind strength goes up and down throughout your session. So yes, while 50 knots is a bit overpowered for wave riding, it's still manageable and the wind will probably only be 50 knots for 30-60 minutes. I'm often out for 4-5 hour sessions on one size kite so being able to still manage during those 50 knot spurts is important for me.
I also strongly feel like the most dangerous aspect of kiting is trying to come in and land an overpowered kite. I'm way happier in open water than on the beach in those winds. So when the wind picks up to gusting 50 instead of going in to land and risking my health I'm still on the water where I feel quite safe.
For this session it ramped up to 35 knot gusts for at least and hour and it was still very manageable on my 6.5m, the graph is sheltered from the true wind and under reports:
I haven't had any 4.5m days since getting my GoPro though. Tomorrow is forecast to be a 4.5m day but I'm off the water due to surgery until the new year