narwhal_bg wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:06 pm
Hi all! Happy holidays.
I'm new in kiteboarding, I have only one alone session after the lessons. I'm 85 kg or 187 pounds with 12 m2 kite (12-22 knt according manufacturer) and 138x42 board. On my home spot, most of the time we have low wind (between 8 and 10 knt). Does it make sense to buy bigger kite like 15m2 RRD Emotion and 163 low wind board for 8 to 10 knt wind?
Welcome to the club!
As you're new, you don't yet know that the kite range doesn't equate to actually being able to kite. The kite will fly, but depending on your weight, you won't go anywhere. It took me ages to realise that there was no point in trying to use a 12m in 12kn winds on a TT. This also goes on the top end for newer kiters where a 12m will generally be around 26kn, but new kiters will likely top out at 23kn on a 12m.
As for light wind kiting, it's been discussed multiple times on this forum. Kiting on a TT is pointless below 15kn. While you will be able to get up and riding, mowing the lawn is basically all you're able to achieve. This is nice for a new kiter wanting to practice staying upwind, it gets old quickly. Leave the sub 15kn days to the foilers or the 50kg folk.
If you don't get many 18kn+ days in your area to ride your 12m and you're desperate to learn, get a light-wind board and a 15m. It'll get you going in ~12kn at your weight. When you start getting overpowered, you can just swap to your smaller board.