KYLakeKiter wrote:So does a good hydrofoiling kite have the same qualities as a good surf/wave kite (in LEIs)?
At my beginner stage (riding on plane both directions, but no luck with transitions) I am having good luck using my Renegade 13 Ltd in the 8 to 14kt range. I am looking for something more docile and gust friendly in the 9 to 10m and maybe a 15m sizes. I considered the Solos, but since they don't really have the light weight advantage that you would think a single strut kite would have (compared to say, a Velocity with more struts) I'm thinking a good wave kite might be the way to go.
Yes, a good surf/wave kite meaning fast turning good drift lots of range and depower (but no grunt) is also what is best for hydrofoiling too, generally.
Except for marginal conditions of course...
The LF Solo 12m2 is actually better than most wave kites this size (they exist) in terms of being able to "hang" in light wind, you should not compare to the extreme low weight of BM Clouds.
Problem regarding 15m2 wavekites is, beyond that such a thing does not exist (to my knowledge), it would be too heavy for hydrofoil use...
For your 9-10m2 a gust friendly kite (like all wave kites are) is spot on though, weight doesnt matter much or not at all, at least not for me
Talking average weight of course - rider weight means everything.