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kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby Eduardo » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:32 am

I'm a year into foiling and almost always use a 9m for 10+ knots. for my skill level, I can do a foiling jibe but rarely can switch feet successfully. I usually just stay toe side after a jibe. My new local spot has lots of 7-12 knot days. In a flat water spot, I could easily use the 12 or even 9, but this spot has strong on shore current and 1 meter on-shore waves making it very hard to get going. yesterday, my 3 strut 12 kite completely Hindenburged in a lull. do i just need more light wind practice or would a one strut or zero strut 12 make everything work better?

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby GregK » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:10 am

My recommendation in your quest for a great kite for foiling on those really light wind days would be stick with what you have until you get a chance to try a kite ( probably a 10 or 12m ) with the LE and strut(s) made from Aluula fabric.

I haven't had a chance yet to fly an Aluula kite, but have held a folded-up 10m 3-strut ( Ocean Rodeo Roam ) - definitely lighter than my 8m Boardriding Maui Cloud ( strutless ) kite.

Big improvements in light-wind performance are coming soon.

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby deniska » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:36 am

did other kites keep flying? if it drops below 3-4kts most of the kites will drop.
Do you need a no strutter?It really depends on what you like to do on the water..
I personally would not touch it with a 10ft pole...
I like to go fast and jump in 7-12kts. so my pick is 15 soul.
we'll see if aluula live up to it's hype..
companies tried cuben fibres, kevlar and other materials before.. not hugely successful so far..

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby Qiter » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:24 am

A one strut kite in 12m will make a big difference to your 3 strut kite. I have been in the same situation and the one strutter has solved many of my problems (much less hindenburging, stays in the air much longer..). Go for one of the newer models like Duotone Mono, Ozone Alpha etc..With the right wing and skills, it will get you going in 6-7kn.

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby Saslater » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:29 am

I have a Duotone Mono 13 that is amazing in marginal winds compared to an Evo 9. In the 8-12 knot range there is no comparison.

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby mar menor » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:08 am

In those winds I use a 12m Pete Lynn synergy (a new one strut kite) or a 10m Peter Lynn Nova (foil kite)
I like both,for different reasons.The tube v foil debate is ongoing.
I also think a 3 strut kite is too heavy,however the 1+2 mini strut Maverick from Kauper XT looks interesting

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby matth » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:55 pm

I have a 9m and 12m Boxer....Fantastic kites IMO. Stay in the air with very little wind, and relaunch better than any kite I have owned.

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby alowishus » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:50 pm

mar menor wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:08 am
In those winds I use a 12m Pete Lynn synergy (a new one strut kite) or a 10m Peter Lynn Nova (foil kite)
I like both,for different reasons.The tube v foil debate is ongoing.
I also think a 3 strut kite is too heavy,however the 1+2 mini strut Maverick from Kauper XT looks interesting
Care to elaborate?

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby Eduardo » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:57 pm

thanks everyone for the great advice and options to consider. I want to demo these!

@deniska: I was the only kiter so no frame of reference of what other kiters might be able to do in the same conditions. It's an interesting question of what I want to do in these conditions. Since I view that I'm still learning foiling, I don't know if I'll eventually want to jump or ride the small waves or...

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Re: kite for 7-12 knots?

Postby deniska » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:29 pm

Eduardo wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:57 pm
thanks everyone for the great advice and options to consider. I want to demo these!

@deniska: I was the only kiter so no frame of reference of what other kiters might be able to do in the same conditions. It's an interesting question of what I want to do in these conditions. Since I view that I'm still learning foiling, I don't know if I'll eventually want to jump or ride the small waves or...
My point is that if your spot frequents shitty wind (like 0-9kts type with lulls) then maybe you should worry about relaunch-ability of the kite as everything will drop out of the sky in 0 kts. Now some kites (mostly foils) will have better chance of relaunching in say 5-8kts. None of the LEIs will deep water relaunch in 8kts..


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