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Re: Lightwind assessment

Postby grigorib » Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:53 am

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Re: Lightwind assessment

Postby nismo98 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:05 pm

My lightwind kite is a 12m flite and I will use it to foil down to 8 knotts. The way I can tell if there is enough wind is to inflate the kite and if it floats by itself (while holding 5th line) there is enough wind to foil.

Now this will differ based on what kite you use and also may depend on your skill and size of wing. I need 10 knotts to ride my 600cm high aspect wing and a steady 6 to ride my 1200 cm surf wing.

One of the best sessions I have ever had was in 7 knotts but I had a km swim after a failed turn.

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Re: Lightwind assessment

Postby Whattheflock » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:32 pm

You dont know until you go. :thumb:

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Re: Lightwind assessment

Postby OzBungy » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:29 am

Basically, experience of your skills, your gear and your local riding conditions.

Wind noise in your ears and the breeze on your face. Water texture. Movement of "magic" trees near your house or the beach. The angle of sailboats out on the water.

I use a relatively lightweight LEI kite for light wind. If the wind drops out then I can self rescue. It's kind of fun.

I am very sceptical of the sub-10 knot numbers that people claim. I am sure they are riding in super light wind. I just don't think it's possible to measure those low winds. Handheld meters are not even remotely reliable. Everything about them affects the reading. Even our official meteorological weather stations claim an error up to 40%. I have come in after a great glassy water session where the local weather station said 6-7 knots. I was well powered up with a 12m. It felt more like 15.
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