For 175lbs I'd say 15m is the right LW wing size. Both Turbine and Contra will deliver you same lightwind riding. Turbine has more of good grunt and Contra is a tad lighter wing so it might fly in less wind. My pick was the Turbine and I loved that kite.Michaelr123 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:09 pmI don't mind throwing my weight out there, i'm at about 175lbs right now, lol.
Sounds like I need to practice getting in the air with less wind even with my 12m, and then if I'm struggling to maintain power I should look at a bigger kite.
as for the lulls, sounds like the Contra is designed to handle that situation where you've got really spotty wind, does anyone have experience with that one?
What Chris said.cglazier wrote: ↑Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:04 pmHere is what I have been preaching for several years now..
Don't waste your money on big kites, until get a better light wind board!
The ultimate light wind board is a hydrofoil board of course. We hydrofoilers are having fun with our 12m kites in winds down to maybe 8 knots. (And 12m kites are much more fun to fly than bigger ones.)
Another option is a big stiff door type twin tip board with very flat rocker like the Speene door. Or another option is finding a used old race board (cheap) because racers don't use them anymore.
Some surf boards are "fish" style and very wide and they provide some improvement in light winds (and most regular surf boards help a bit).
The worst board you can ride in light winds is a common twin tip which has rocker for turning performance but that increases drag through the water. I just shake my head when I see someone with a giant kite in light wind plowing through the water on a regular twin tip board. To me it looks like driving a car with your parking brake on..
Amazing advice, spot-on. If I were to re-learn kiting again, I'd buy gear like this: Kite&Board, Board, smaller kite, Board, biggest kite.
With amount of seaweed in WI lakes you will be hardly able to foil in summer. Sheboygan might be a better spot and better winds but summer in midwest is usually bleak.Michaelr123 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:55 pmInteresting advice,
I'm having a hard time biting the bullet with a $1000+ foil board after just buying a whole twin tip setup about a month ago now. I am really interested in a surfboard type setup for cruising. I think that would be a blast to get out and just enjoy free-riding with. I feel like can do that and practice my kite handling over the summer in preparation for better wind in the fall when I can get my normal-ish sized twin tip out again. I've been reading up on free-race boards, something like an airush sector v3. Any opinions on these?
Lots of good feedback, that's a solid choice. I know a lot of guys who wish they'd just purchased a foil with the money, though. 1 month is pretty soon to buy a foil board though, I'd want to really feel like I couldn't get a session in average conditions before expanding my quiver.