Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:12 pm
Problem here is, it will be just as "stupid" a thread, as discussing whether you should ride waveboards strapped or strapless...
Impossible to agree so loads of opposite opinions will come here.
Might as well shut the forum down then!
There is great value in a variety of opinions. Even opposites. Doesn't take long to evaluate the sources either.
Light wind has always been the holy grail for kiters. Many of us, Peter included went through that early phase where the stoke is so high that you're willing to try anything to get more time on the water.
Bigger and bigger gear was the first experiment. Kites went up to 25m in size for a bit way back when...… They're extinct now and 19m kites are pretty few and far between. 17m seems to be where size XXL has settled as far as kites go. Like anything XXL unless your a big dude, its generally not going to deliver quite the same good times you get from your med sized kite. They're sloooooooow when powered up let alone in the light winds your hoping to ride in. They fall out of the sky and they don't always go back up.
Boards were next. The "Door" was born. They definitely work. They go in super light air with the right big kite, but it doesn't take that long to figure out it comes at the cost of most of the magic. They don't really carve or do toeside and they are prone to weird stuff like sucking to the water when you try to jump or breaking your hip if you land em flat with any real velocity.
Then came the age of realism. Many had been kiting for over a decade and tried the big flysurfers, the doors, and realized that kiteboarding was simply a wind sport that surprise surprise required WIND. Most made do with a med/large kite and a wide flat surfboard or largish flat TT. Small f fun began about 12/13 knots and big F fun as low as 14/15.
Then Surprise surprise in the other direction! The hydrofoil happened. Took a bit to catch on, then again to break away from the race course but once it did, well, let just say that a lot of us look at theories about worm holes and parallel dimensions with a lot less pessimism! As you may know, foiling is growing like wildfire precisely because it feeds right into that burning desire for MORE KITING!
The writing is on the wall. The foil is the best answer so far. Dropped the min wind down to ridiculous levels. Small f fun is way under 10 knots and big F fun has a sharp ON switch at 10 with nearly any med size kite on the market.
Major improvement for the kiting masses. There are still doors on the market and you can find 17m kites for a couple grand, but anyone who has watched the kite scene for more than a few years will tell you, Hydrofoils are the biggest thing since LEI's got bridles.
Many a kiter has wondered if a bigger kite is the answer to their dreams. For a few it is, for many it proved not to be.
Spend your money, time and effort wisely, and learn from those who came before who share your hunger for MORE.
Get a hydrofoil.... if not get a bigger board.... if not...……………………...Get a huge kite.