Peter_Frank wrote:NoDo-it wrote:Just wondering what everyone is using. Would C and C ish kites work well?
ahahahahaha... Peters shortest response in the history of kiteforum!,.....
and.... he couldn't resist a long response either......
Peter_Frank wrote:As I recall, the Chargers are quite user friendly in every way ?Arcsrule wrote:Peter, why do you say no? I have PL chargers which are C shape foils. i had intended to use them.
Not prone to gusts, and has some depower, right ?
"Classic" C kites are bad, of two reasons IMO and experience seeing others getting into hydrofoiling:
These kites has the least amount of depower, of all types.
AND, they are not as efficient L/D as race or foil kites (that also has low amount of depower), so no chance of being rescued by this feature (meaning, you can just ride the kite higher to the wind in the window, to avoid getting overpowered)
Of course every kite can be used, and just use the ones you know the best, that is by far the most important.
Secondly, you ride on a hydrofoil with extremely light line load, which means the weight of the kite is essential.
And freestyle C kites are heavier (built to work and to last of course), so they will drop easy in the big sizes, in lulls.
Thus, IMO, high L/D kites even if lower depower, works well for the advanced.
But a wavekite, low L/D and bad lowend, but turns fast and max depower, is the best for learning
Later you can pick for yourself what you like.
If you have a kite with bad depower ability, you can use longer lines though, and take a tad smaller kite.
This is always a win-win (if you got the space to launch), as you can get going easy when dived or looped, and not be overpowered when parked
And in the lulls, it is easy to work the kite.
In extreme lulls, you have the option to save a swim to the beach, as you have much more room for downlooping and saving the kite.
Race kites are quite okay too, as they have high L/D and not the best but still okay depower, and they are light so will hang in extreme lulls also.
So, the reason why C kites are not the best, is because of their weight and lack of depower, as simple as that.
But no problem using these - but you asked if they would work well ?
And IMO, No, they wont work well - but no problem using these of course, just not ideal not for learning nor racing.