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Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby gator1 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:38 am

Made a transition to curved kites, then now starting to prefer flatter kites because in lulls curved kites drop you like a stone.

What do people prefer as their high wind kite, a more flatter bow kite or a curved hybrid?

Looking for a stable kite with good depower and not for kiteloops.

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby SolarSet » Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:29 am

You answered your own question in first statement
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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby plummet » Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:56 am

You have to fly C kite and or hybrid C kites differently to high aspect sle's.

It is true that a C will drop you like a stone. But you let it, hold the kite back and then throw a fast hard send across the zenith and down in front of you to get a pollowy landing.... Or throw a downloop or 2. Kite speed is the name of the game with C kites. Get them flying fast and you will land soft. The advantage is that you can be very precise and control the flight better. Its also pretty cool to come in rocket ship fast then wang a send or loop for a pillowy landing.

In the the high aspect sle front the float for longer and generally rely more on the bar out/bar and board speed than kite speed during the send to flair out a pillowy landing.

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby Javawalker » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:41 am

Good question , when the mistral is blowing , here in S.O.F nothing beat a Torch with a 5th line for extra safety . Back to old days :)

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby Javawalker » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:44 am

Good question , when the mistral is blowing , here in S.O.F nothing beat a Torch with a 5th line for extra safety . Back to old days :)
For light wind bridle kite are good to me ...
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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby Mike101 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:02 am

Being dropped in lulls is fairly common on small kites no matter the profile. I like the 5th line safety and that extra bit of knowledge as to where the kite is when dumped in hectic conditions.

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby BOEMIX » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:38 am

My feelings are quite the opposite, I had the ozone edge before and I found it had too much power on gusts to be comfotable in high winds.

Switched to enduro and never regreted it, the fast turning compensates the lack of power, but like a mate said before, you have to downloop to land, which is so fun thag uou will be doing it alwayd anyway.

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby Leon van Bergen » Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:17 pm

SolarSet wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:29 am
You answered your own question in first statement
Haha yeah this!

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby Herman » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:12 pm

Your question has been answered if you are talking jumping with the addition of perhaps don’t jump in the lulls. If you are talking about just staying in control in gusty gale force conditions as long as the kite is the right size I think the board is probably more important. Small is great when powered but if there are lot of lulls I like a bit of width, particularly if there are nice flats between the white water. Then even if it lulls down to 20knts you can really work the kite hard to get through a lot. I guess I am a fan of the big board small kite as it works for me in our regular onshore gales. A little off topic but I have had the same small kites for years and never felt the need to change: OR Rise 6m, Flexí Stormchaser 5.5 and LF Session 4m. Of these I think the 6 strut heavily built Stormchaser is the most appropriate design imho but the Rise is the one I tend to use most.


PS A kite design that does not buckle is important. The session has to be pumped hard.

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Re: Flat or curved kite for insane wind days

Postby gator1 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:25 am

Leon van Bergen wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:17 pm
SolarSet wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:29 am
You answered your own question in first statement
Haha yeah this!
Go back to school and learn English, first paragraph talked about lulls, second stability. Why do people come on forums and add nothing to it but their own ignorance?
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