knotwindy wrote: ↑
Mon May 27, 2019 4:27 pm
Are you a decisive person or not? The problem with kites too close together for some people is they spend most of the day on the beach trying to decide which size to take out as the wind fluctuates. We call it rigerbating. Also, it depends if you want to cover the largest range or be on the perfect kite with less overall coverage. But yea, to me those sound too close together. As a rule of thumb for a novice, find the kite size you will use the most and go up 3 sq meters and down 2 sq meters. As you get better and change styles you will find what works best for you.
I guess I look at as the other way around. If I have the choice between a 12m and a 10m, and the wind looks to be a bit much for the 12m, but not quite enough for the 10m, then the choice will likely be the 12m. Unfortunately, if the wind comes up a bit, you will stop having fun on the 12m (or just resort to boosting). Then you have to rig down to the 10m....=2 kites pumped that session.
But if you had a choice between a 12m, 11m, and a 10m, you would have just picked the 11m and not have to rig 2 kites instead of 1.
Here is another scenario where you would benefit from having close sized kites - If you only have a 12m and a 10m and it is blowing 9-10m, but your 10m gets trashed and rips on your first run, an 11 could be made to work for an experienced kiter (with a good depower model kite). It can work the other way too if you have a 12m, 10m, and a 9m. In the same situation the 9m would be even better as a back up. Not to mention, most 9m kites will work down to 7m winds. There is additional risk, but most experienced kiters can make it work.
Just a note on flying too big of a kite - NEVER fly more than 2m bigger than the biggest kite you can have fun with. It is much better, and you will learn more, if you are flying too small of a kite as opposed to too big of a kite.