deniska wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:37 am
PurdyKiter wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:03 pm
If only I had paid attention to this statement in March when I dug out my CC and plunged into the Soul/Hyperlink hype. OK, I'm sure there's millions who love'em, but after 3 years of light wind sub-10knts and lower foiling with my Clouds.... the Soul just didn't happen for me. I tried the 12m Soul which got me up and riding about like my 10.4 Cloud D, but then was a troubling overpowered finicky beast. And I've had plenty of easy swims with the Cloud, with several boat rescues with a 40 pound soaked mattress pad Soul
Will try again this winter in warmer waters and steady tropical winds.
10kts overpowered on 12 soul?
maybe Soul is just not your style..
I rode 15m Soul today in 15kts and was having lots of fun...
Just a comment on this, especially for those a bit "newer" to hydrofoiling:
We are talking about two different ways of riding, PurdyKiter and deniska, requiring very different gear.
When going for max jumps and riding with speed and power, OR being a racer, a 12 m2 is perfect in 15 knots for the first one, and maybe a 15 m2 for the racers.
Particularly foil kites has more windrange than LEIs for this kind of riding, no doubt, better low end better high end
Whereas if you (like me) like to carve around, riding waves, and strapless mostly - then a 12 m2 foil kite works fine in 6 to max 8 knots.
But from 8 knots you will be hugely overpowered when looping it around in tight carves or on a small wave, simply too much pull for too long.
For me, I can ride a 12 m2 LEI kite from 7 knots, and NEED a 12 m2 too in this wind, less dont work.
But will be overpowered (meaning NOT in the sweetspot, as still easy to ride) from 8 knots and change to a 10 now.
So I dont think you can find any kite that can cover 7 to 12 knots very well, if you belong to the last "carving" group.
For jumpers it is easy, but as said, two different worlds.
To the OP Eduardo, I am very uncertain about your windrange, as you say there is ONSHORE current???
Very rare to see this anywhere, as if onshore, does it run to the sides when coming to the shore? And if, is there no way you can get out in this water instead, which will result in more wind?
Onshore current with onshore wind, means less wind than 7 to 12 knots, and here you can not ride at all with a LEI in my experience (if only 5-6 knots left).
In general though, a no or onestrut ligher LEI is WAY better in tricky conditions like you got, no doubt.
So yes, practice means a lot, and you can ride both smaller kites and bigger kites, with experience.
But you will really find a huge benefit of a lighter "big" kite, in all aspects