beebad wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:57 pm
I thought a 15m Contra kite was pretty big.
A 17m is unimaginable.
I guess if a 17m will fly it would definitely be a session saver?
No. Bigger doesn’t mean better. Bigger kites are slower turn/work, are heavier and don’t necessarily fly in less wind, yet they’d provide more pull for a heavier rider.
You should pick a LW kite for your weight and the smaller size that’d suffice - the more maneuverable and workable it will be. At 200+ lbs a 15m on 30m (or 37m for the lightest of the winds) paired with 170x50cm Flydoor was my ultimate lightwind setup. For 220+ lbs I’d say 17m is more appropriate. 19m for some 250 lbs guys and I’ve seen some like that in great athletic shape - a huge dude full of muscle, a competing bodybuilder
My LW recipe (not foil)
1. Long lines
2. Door board
3. Big kite
I certainly rode in less wind on 15m with long lines and a door than numerous guys with 17m on regular lines and large, yet not a door-shaped board. I can recall most of my lightwind sessions like that because they made me enjoy my choices.
Sold my 15m two years back, not once I wanted it back. Yet I kept the 170x50cm Flydoor as it slowly becomes a valuable collectible.
My LW setup is 9m on 30m lines and large hydrofoil wing. I can’t ride in 5 knots like 120 lbs dudes on huge race foilboards under 18m race foils, yet it does deliver in slightly under 10 knots.