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Barwani
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Light wind location

Postby Barwani » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi,
I live in Oman, and the wind is light in winter. In summer May-September it seriously blows. I am considering getting into hydrofoiling foil kiting. I was wondering what is the lightest wind I can hydrofoil in with the right setup. I currently weigh 78kgs. My biggest LEI kite is the 17m airush ultra, I can enjoy that with a surfboard once the wind reaches 10knots.

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Re: Light wind location

Postby Peter_Frank » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:05 pm

With the right gear, you will be able to ride down to 5 knots.
It will probably take some time till you can, as you have to learn first, and then get better and better till finally good.

If talented my estimate would be 2 years at least :thumb:

Your ultra should take you down to 7 knots, but will be difficult to keep in the air now.
17 isn't the best size for light wind, too heavy and slow IMO.

With a light foil kite you can get lower.

It takes a lot to go lower than 7 knots, so this is the limit you can reach okay no problems, but from there it gets tricky and many swims.

8) Peter

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Re: Light wind location

Postby Barwani » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:10 pm

Awesome thanks !

Any suggestions on good foil setups for learning?

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Re: Light wind location

Postby Qiter » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:29 am

Barwani wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:10 pm
Any suggestions on good foil setups for learning?
I would suggest you go with a modular system that allows you to upgrade/ change the gear and components along the way as you improve and adapt to your specific conditions.
I would recommend a wing size of about 1200 and a medium size board with some volume that makes the touch downs easier.
Your next question will be: How long should my mast be :wink: (my recommendation would be go with 90cm from the start, but check the discussions here on the forum)
Armstrong or Moses foils as brands for the more high end stuff. Both Brands have various wing and mast sizes and have been on the market for some time, so you get a quality product which is distributed internationally.
Obviously plenty of other options, too. Also many threads here in the forum.

Enjoy, foiling is addictive!


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