Qiter wrote: ↑Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:48 amA foil floating on its side might also be a good thing in some situations:
- Much easier to spot when there is a bit of chop and the sun is at a bad angle, especially when strapless. I know several cases of "lost foils" in such situations, especially in beginners.
- Does not hit the ground so fast in areas where its shallow (of course you usually do not foil there but you might well drift into such areas when wind drops..)
That wing is ~1600+ sq cm, vs ~1200 sq cm on the 633. Very noticeable increase when riding.
Yes I agree ; just one light comment : in very light, I think it is really easy to actively swimm upwind (with your legs and 1 or 2 arms, kite up); the worse situation I experienced is quite strong wind with waves and a very low AR kites like Flysurfer Viron , where the kite pulls too hard downwind to swimm upwind to the foil, while big waves can put it rapidly out of your view. Otherwise indeed, it is not a tricky situation to have a floating HFPeter_Frank wrote: ↑Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:56 pmIn all honesty, the problem is:
If it sinks, it will tackle downwind maybe into the lines and kite WAY too fast if you ever get the kite in the water, and often get hammered into the shore/bottom also.
If it floats, it can take longer to retrieve, but usually possible only in marginal winds you might not be able to.
But pulling yourself ashore and waiting for it, is always an option
Strapless waterstarts are blistering fast when it floats, so of several downsides, I would prefer one that floats, not in doubt - even if I occasionally swear a bit over it too