naivhere wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:37 pm
tkaraszewski wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:38 pm
I’ve been thinking about this, too, though I’ve done more with riding small kites in low winds than big kites in high winds so far, but the race guys certainly manage.
I’ve been thinking of trying to pick a two-kite travel quiver, which might be 6m/10m or something very close to that.
Hi! May I ask how much you weigh? And what kind of kites you are thinking of and what kind of wind range you think you could cover.
I weigh about 180lbs/80kg.
I've been in La Ventana Mexico this past week, and riding my 7m and 9m F-one Bandits. I can ride the 9m from about 11 or 12 knots up to about 20. I had the 7m out yesterday in up to 25 knots. I can also ride the 7m down to about 13 knots.
I also brought a 12m Bandit with me, but it doesn't really add any low-end over the 9m, because the problem stops being lack of power from the kite, but just the ability to keep the kite flying through light spots at all.
I also have a 10m Flysurfer Soul, that I didn't bring on this trip, that I've been able to ride down to 10-11 knots.
I know some people on here talk about riding in 5-8 knots of wind, but I find it hard to believe. I've spent lots of days at beaches with lots of very good kiters at them (Cabarete, La Ventana, Tarifa) and on my 10m Soul I'd usually be among the first people on the water. Typically the only people out before me are are racers on 15m or 18m foil kites. So is it possible to kite in 7-8 knots? Probably, but I see a lot fewer people doing this is real life than claim to be able to do it on the internet.
Anyway, the 10m Soul has a range for me from about 10-20 knots. I think a 6m Soul would probably be usable to almost 30 knots, so that quiver would cover 10-30.
But on a light single-strut kite (maybe the new Ozone Alpha?) I'd guess you could have almost the exact same range in inflatable kites with a 6 and 10m.
My problem deciding is that I enjoy wave-style kites for certain riding and higher-aspect kites for different riding styles, so I might pick an inflatable smaller kite and foil larger kite. Or maybe I need to get the 6m Soul and try it in wavy conditions.