Big kites are awesome. You should try a 22m.
But L/D is not really a metric that applies to actual kitesurfing.
I am sorry what did you just say?
bragnouff wrote:Some user friendliness is part of the brief.
Ok sure but that is not performance. Conflating the 2 is just something marketing people would do. What you are saying is you need ease of handling in addition to high performance or sometimes in spite of it. Perfect example is the Peak4, low performance but very easy to fly. Sure you could call other aspects performance but it just blurs what kites do what. Marketing guys like that so they can confuse people into thinking kites or gear do stuff they can't or compare when then don't.
I will forgive you your first statement.
Hence why it's hard to define "performance" in kitesurfing
Easy it's not. Just say it's L/D, which is very applicable to kiting, and then call the rest handling or what they are like drift, relaunch etc. L/D covers jumping, upwind, downwind, range( partially), racing. We are arguing the meaning of a word. When people think high performance car the do not think nice family car that has good function for the kids. When I think high performance kite, I do not think slow beginner kite, I think high AR race kite which is \/\/\/\/\/
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
I.e. a high performance kite.
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.
Sure they have different aspects of performance but they can also be low performance or high performace as regard to L/D. A boosting kite should be a high performance kite. You could say a wave kite or like the peak 4 it is a excellent wave kite, and yes it has high performance as a wave kite but it is not high performance and so not a high performance kite.
People like to think that their kite is the "highest" performance, the "best". The marketing team/ reseller has sold them on it. Unless it is one of the race kites like Sonic VMG this is not true though. They may however have the best or very good kite for some aspect of the sport, except racing or boosting. You can have a kite that is very good at many things but is not the best at anyone.
And before you bring in pros, realize they do not represent what kites are good or good at. A pro can ride well on most anything, is best on the gear they only use because of familiarity and are forced by agreement to only use or to be seen only using the brand that supports them. This is totally contrary to how pros are used and intended to look. The marketing people and brands want you to think because of a pro their gear is better or the best. This in actuality is totally not true and any one that disagrees is delusional and or trying to sell that lie.