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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby BWD » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:50 pm

Strutless LEIs:
Old Foil 700cm, once used 17m,usually 12m
New foil 1200cm, 12m max
The problem, once started, is having the kite move and steer fast enough to do anything fun. 12m seems the limit at the moment for me.

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Foil » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:42 pm

15mtr V3 Ozone Chrono Ultralight

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:15 pm

15m R1V2

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Eduardo » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:02 am

Crissssssss wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Hey guys, how’s it going? What’s your most used kite for foiling? I’m located in Florida so in the summer the wind is pretty light. I was looking to add a 15m NV to my quiver or get a foil, in that case what’s the biggest kite you use when foiling? I just want to use it for the days that the wind is too light for the twintip. I’m looking at the NV or the WOW. Thanks.
I've been foiling for about 40 sessions and all but a few were on my 9. The 9 seems to work down to about 10 knots and up to high teens. Below that, even the 12 doesn't seem to help, but this is a mix of my low skill and strong on shore currents, being pushed downwind a couple knots.

I have kited a long time. in light wind I used to see guys on North Rhino 22 m^2. Believe me, light wind kiting on a TT and large kite is a losing game. You add massive amounts of area but you also add weight and it's just boring after a few sessions.

I suggest you learn to foil with whatever you have. There are a bunch of threads about the low end but you this is very specific to where you live, your conditions, what you consider fun, and how much money and skill you have.

Back in the TT days, my biggest kite was a 16. now my biggest is 12. surprisingly, I almost never use it, as the 9 gets me down to about 10 knots. I started another thread on ideas for lower winds and am still considering what to do there, possibly a lighter 12. Also, I still prefer waves on a directional to foiling so I'm only a part time foiler.

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Whattheflock » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:37 am

I use my 17m Cloud when its 6 or 7 knots.

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Rufusz » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:20 am

Peter_Frank wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:08 am
Lock your twintip into a closet, and give the key to someone who will only give it back when you have learned to foil, that is my best advice :rollgrin:
Good advice I did that 2 years ago and can't be bothered with the TT unless it's over 25-30 kn (6m2 is my smallest kite).

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby RichR2 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:57 am

10m Ultra on a 125cm custom with Shinn K. This set up is good from 8 knot average wind. Used to have 12m gong strutless which allowed a lower wind speed (7knots) but not much so sold it in a clear out of kit.
Not a big fan of going out when it's very light. Yes, you can on a foil but TBO I find it gets boring very quickly and if you drop the kite, you're swimming (even more boring 😉)

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby Dave K » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:11 am

Also 10m Ultra. (633/120cm Skate, 175#). OBX. We don’t get many steady light (7-12) wind days. We do get plenty of 7-18 days. Ultra handles the lulls and gusts well. Really long depower stroke on my Cabrinha bar rounds out the equation.

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby mr_daruman » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:26 pm

Very dependent on your location. You are very lucky If you can have very steady super light winds.
I never go bigger than 12m2. I have seen so many foilers swim back to shore with their 15m2+ tube or rams. Very risky here since under 10 knots wind is usually means 0 to 8 knots...Very rare to have steady 6~8 knots.

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Re: What is the biggest kite you use for foiling?

Postby BigZ » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:08 am

I use two kites for all my kitesurfing. 9m and 7m Ozone Reo.

9m works for 10-15 knots on a 1200 square cm foil.
7m for 15-20 knots on 1200 or 800 foil.

If it is over 15 knots and waves I will be kiting on a surfboard.

If it is under 10 knots and waves I will be SUSing.

If it is under 10 knots and no waves I will be working on my stamina (and attempting to loose weight ...) paddling a race board :) I am 240 pounds going to 2xxx

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