foilholio wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:09 pm
Performance for flying things is best Lift to Drag.
But L/D is not really a metric that applies to actual kitesurfing. Some user friendliness is part of the brief. It might be the fastest, liftiest kite, but if it's a bitch to fly, overshoots, creates insane spikes of power, and some dead zones when turning, and requires constant attention from rider, then it will be a kite that sucks for 99% of the market.
Hence why it's hard to define "performance" in kitesurfing. On top of that, it's only valid in a given context. Boosting kite, wave kite, freestyle,... All those disciplines have very different concepts of performance.