HALF wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:32 am
In this case i am talking lightwind riding - 8-12knots, no waves, also not much wind for tricks either.
I am just replacing my 160 door with a strapless. Later maybe some waves, but probably with onshore wind, rarely i have sideshore.
Not having waves changes the strapless ballgame completely. On one side of the spectrum with waves, the waves dictate your desired angle of travel to the wind. On the other side with strapless no waves, you get to play around with any angle to the wind you want. So I don't see the need to change kites. Wave kites are mellowed out to the point that they can do some amazing things when you are traveling with the wind, then suddenly need to cut back upwind. They are really a specialized type of kite made for kitesurfing at many angles you would never need, or want to go at, when on flat water.
Coming from a LW TT to a larger directional for strapless can kind of seem to take the fun out of kiting for a while. But you will get better and find some things that are fun, not just challenging.
To keep it fun beyond the initial challenge of just sticking to the board, learn to jump - even in light winds. While it may seem that you don't need to jump, jumping strapless teaches you more about kite control than you can ever really learn with straps. For me jumping strapless is foundational to kiting itself. I am not saying you won't decide in the end that strapless is not as fun as strapped, but you will be able to make an informed decision about it if you at least learn how to jump, and stay in control while strapless.