Blackened wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:25 am
Havre wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:57 am
Share many of Kim's views.
To me it almost sounds like they could split the current KOTA in two - one more focusing on extreme height and another competition focusing on more "tricks".
Not sure how much it matters, but as previously mentioned, I'm not convinced that what I perceive as the current direction is good for kite development for basically all riders not at Marc's level. Will Core now change their XR, which clearly goes high enough, but loop differently? Will kites be designed to yank you more brutally in loops because it looks more dramatic in competitions - even if most "normal" riders would rather have a smooth looping kite?
It might not be that KOTA is the right competition for it, but I would love to see a competition where what is considered the "best" "big air" kites for "normal" kiters actually shine. Then again I wouldn't know if they actually had jumped higher in the final if they had all been on Rebels?
Just need to make an Airstyle event.
Interesting idea. Hadlow was riding a weird 5-strut prototype this year that didn't look like a Rebel. I don't know how many brands would move away from their established kites to compete in this very narrow window though. The modern lofty 5-struts recover decently from loops these days and tons of people use them. If you pull early enough, you can get them low - just make sure you're at least 10m up before you go for a horizontal loop. They're still not rapid. They don't have the brutal acceleration of a GTS style kite, but they pull for longer to still get a decent distance traveled. I have no doubt Janek can win KOTA on his XR. Just needs to stop waiting until he's almost at the top of his jump before pulling. That's what us noobs do
So far I guess none have, but if the Orbit keeps on winning I'm sure brands will start to ask themselves if they should modify their "big air" kites to be less "big air". Doesn't mean they will, but if that happens it would be negative for the average "big air" kiter in my opinion.
I'm often surprised how little even many experienced kiters know about the characteristics of their kites. I don't mean people on here (which is probably not a good representation of the average kiter), but people I talk to at spots. I guess I could include my earlier self in that category. I don't really regret buying my Enduros (excellent kite), but quite frankly, I had no idea what I was buying when I bought them. I guess the point being is that one might now see people getting an Orbit because it again won the KOTA - even if it might not be the best kite for someone slightly less skilled than Marc just wanting to go high. I'm not worried yet. And I don't mind if they make the Rebel slightly more "nimble" (as an example), but it would be sad (I think) if the traditional big air kites turned into Pivots (which they should, it seems, to compete in the KOTA).
Brands might also completely change. I have no idea if Ozone have decided not to participate for those reasons outlined, or if they just don't have a good enough kite/rider to do so, but you could reach a point where the KOTA becomes for such specialized kites for professionals that it is better to not be there. At least this year Ozone didn't prove they can't win - the XR7 and others kind of did (exaggerating a bit).