kct wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:04 pm
How much smaller would a dedicated wave kite be? Assume 17mph cross onshore winds
There's nothing wrong with wave riding with larger kites as others have mentioned, especially since you'll be in cross on conditions. If you are in on shore conditions the speed of the waves vs. the speed of the wind becomes a big issue and makes larger kites problematic.
Now as for your question about kite power you'll need to pull you around in 15 knots at 175 lbs? It does depend on your board to a degree, but assuming you wont be on a LW bored you'd want a 10-12m for that, but you'll need to be very good at looping your kite or have one that drifts very well.
I'm about 175 lbs and would happily ride either my 12m or 17m in 15 knots and I only ride strapless. Not all 17m kites are created equal though, I can hold mine fine in 20+ knots.
Here's me in 11-14 knots of wind and my 12m in cross on conditions (more cross than on though). With the current and the cross on conditions the only real options are to go left on waves or do a downwinder, that's why Fort Stevens Lot B -> Shipwreck is such a popular downwinder.