dave1986 wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:02 am
Why the trend for short lines for Big/Lightwind foil kites? Do long lines not offer a big advantage in marginal winds giving a bigger power-stroke?
Very dominant, with supershort lines on big marginal/lightwind foilkites, and not surprisingly supershort lines on smaller foil kites.
My experience and take on this is:
There is a gain with longer lines, in terms of pushing the low end with foil kites also, no doubt.
Not as dominant as on LEI kites, as the foil kites got better powerspike, but still, in the big sizes the powerspike is not that big, and they loop lousy, compared to medium sized high AR foil kites or big LEI kites.
BUT, racers, when I ride and talk about this with my friends (actually most of them are dedicated racers) KNOW they could push the low end even further with longer lines, but two reasons why they never do this is
1. The races they attend will be cancelled in such low wind.
2. The timing in "everything", will be changed, so bad to do in regards of racing practice.
Shorter lines and bigger really powered kites are what gives the best race results, as lines get "stiffer" thus kite more responsive powerwise, which means you can transform every gust to speed or upwind/downwind gain much better.
Apart from in general being easier to handle extreme gusts too, besides fast/easy transitions when powered.
I can see, that many non-racers with race kites, are adviced to use the supershort lines, or buy complete second hand, and they also see almost everyone using these with the biggest kites, so they choose these for marginal winds too.
Which IMO is a bit of a shame if they really chase the ultimate lightwind, and dont race nor practice racing.
In LEI everyone uses longer lines with the bigger kites, that is not surprising and makes sense both for more powerstroke to be able to start, but also for easier recovery so you dont ditch the kite in lulls, apart from longer powerstroke so a more fluid jibe.
But surprised to see the majority by far, using their normal lines with medium LEI kitesizes, and almost noone used a tad longer lines, but that might just be me
It could be most find it works better for them, but it could also be ease, because they use the same bar for other boards too, and find it easier to fly the same kites with the same lines as they are used to on other boards.
If true or not will probably not be possible to reveal really, but I am sure it makes a difference, dont know how big the impact is though.
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