And Spotz (2 or 3), just that the top spotz riders missing from this gold cup.granini wrote:Look at the Gold Cup:
- Sword 2
A scatter plot of rider height/weight and foil brand would also be interesting to see if any of the top foils (KFA, Spotz, etc) are better suited to riders of different weights. It would make sense that each foil (and wing combination) had an idea rider weight.Mossy 757 wrote:I think the results out of Gizzeria don't represent a complete sampling of top racers because there was only 1 North American competitor. If we combine the gear listings for the Gold Cup and the Pro Tour, you see a lot of top guys on Mike's Lab, Spotz, Levitaz, and KFA.
The dominance of Sword riders confuses me, like Dave said, because nobody is coming up the rankings on Swords, just people who have always been on Sword and remain there.
Mario Calbucci did fairly well on his BangaFoil, but they're not available for retail sales yet. Nobody was on the F-One Grand Prix Race foil either.
If the question is: "I want to buy the best race foil so I can be competitive at regattas" I think you could go with any of the above mentioned products and rider skill will be the measure of how you place. I'd personally advise you to find a foil that has an easy mechanism by which to tune the AoA of your rear stabilizer and change out front wings as the manufacturers make refinements to them.
Given what I've seen and heard over the last year, I think being able to adjust your wing/stab angle for the conditions is the key to consistency at a multi-day regatta. Beyond that, there's no clear indication that gear is making a huge difference for people, the results have appeared mostly consistent as guys switch brands/generations of kites/foils over time.
I would love to see a scatter plot of rider weight and height relative to their results. I'm not sure, but there seems to be some indication that light & scrawny (Max, Axel, Olly) is faster than big jacked guys who carry a lot more mass (The Florians and Riccardo).
A scatter plot of rider height/weight and foil brand would also be interesting to see if any of the top foils (KFA, Spotz, etc) are better suited to riders of different weights. It would make sense that each foil (and wing combination) had an idea rider weight.
Rider weight, wind strength, wing size, stab AoA, painted/sanded/coated/raw, temp/pressure, salinity, brand, kite, line length, etc.Such a plot should include the conditions at each single race (not contest) particularly the wind strength, and which specific wing they used, if you don't believe rider skill exceed the gear
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