Kristan wrote: ↑
Wed May 08, 2019 12:38 pm
12m + 170cm door would get you going at 12 knots. I have similar weight and I went that way couple of times. Although, I'd say at 12 knots water becomes quite choppy, which isn't pleasant when it comes to using the door, but still manageable. Going in 10 knots might be possible, but I wouldn't get high hopes on that.
17m + TT is possible too, but you would seriously cap yourself on the high end.
But I'd say, if you wish to go in the winds around 12 knots, with your weight you better get 14m LEI kite and 145-150 board. It would be best of both worlds.
True, going 17 m2 on a smaller TT will limit you hugely.
If the wind drops you can not go upwind.
Turns like a pig.
When the wind is right, you can just go upwind, but not much.
If the wind increases, you are toast, nothing is fun with a 17 m2 now.
Having a 12 m2 and a Door means:
You can ride in the same wind.
Turns faster and fun.
You can go better upwind when the wind is right.
If the wind increases you just go even better upwind, and better jumps without feeling overpowered, OR you can get a smaller board and just hop ashore and change to this one - MUCH better and easier/faster than rigging down from a 17 m2, which you will rarely do in real life...