Rannoch66 wrote: ↑Sat May 04, 2019 10:58 amThanks so much for all the cool feedback! Yes the wind stability on the beach is something I hadn't really considered. I have only kited in the mountains and gusty is the normal for me! So if it's 22 knots outside, I am expecting gusts at around 40. I know foil or LEI is kind of a preference thing, but for anyone who has ridden both, what do you think would be the best transition for someone like me, who is used to riding foils but new to the water? Should I go LEI just to help with the learning curve on water? Or stick to foils?
Thanks so much for the great feedback everyone
Well like i said, if it was 22 outside and i was expecting gusts at 40, I just wouldn't be out! That's I think what had me so surprised at the beach... to see so many people kiting in 22 knots and nobody having control issues. But from what it sounds like, 18-22 is kind of normal for using a 10m LEI?If you can handle 22 gusting 40 on a closed cell foil - ride it. When you get a chance to demo a small LEI - you should try it too
You're welcome Rannoch. Feel free to ask more questions. But please keep in mind that ram air kites ("foil kites") are aerodynamically inferior compared to inflatables; the market share is 97% to 3% in favour of inflatables, ram airs have never won or featured near the top of relevant competitions (freestyle, big air, etc), and ram airs are less safe.
Hold ON Cowboy !!
You're welcome Rannoch
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