foilholio wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:23 am
Most foil kites relaunch down to 4-5knots.
Hmmm, I would say most foil kites relaunch immediately if they get launched right away, but if not, within max a few minutes, it is a packdown and swim.
Unless it is at least 6 knots where there is a lot more "hope" to be able to relaunch.
And sometimes not, in 4-5 knots of wind, where it is often almost no wind at all at the surface/head height, it usually dont work at all when drifting in deep water.
Noone can really foil in this wind anyways, not even with 21 m2 superlight race kites.
You got more than twice as much pull/energy in 6 knots of wind, compared to 4.
In 4 you can continue to ride if you ARE up foiling with marginal wind gear yes, but you can not really start and definitely not deep water launch a wet foil kite IMO.
Borders can and might be moved over time indeed, but not that low yet
Race foil kites are what exists around here in quite big numbers, and they are lighter than freeride foilkites so if launched fast before the thin skin takes in water, they can launch in just as low wind or lower, right?
Problem is, the super high AR make them prone to twist a knot on themeselves occasionally, or get the tip tangled in the bridles - easy to unwrap when wind, but can be doomed in marginal winds.
LEI kites are even worse of course, so be prepared to swim if you drop the kite, ANY kite, in marginal winds - then you wont get bad surprises either, but are prepared and safe