The Roam is very good for an inflatable wave kite but I kite in onshore wind and as good as it is I know it's very limited in this regard. I have been following the drifting performance of certain foil kites (CA Wave and Firefly, as well as the Peak) with great interest for around a year before Peter had his revelation about the Peak. I would absolutely buy a Peak immediately if I had the funds. That being said, I have not yet seen a video with any kitefoiler riding weak disorganized swell in onshore conditions with the kite drifting for 1' 30". If there is one I'd love to see it.
You are entitled to your preference. For me the feeling of the kite disappearing and floating along using just the power of minimal swell and some pumping is super fun and I only get that feeling for less than 10 seconds. If a wing let's me do it longer than any kite, I'll take that everytime.B. It's a totally different sport. Take away the kite, take away the wing, and forget about power, dexterity, upwind and anything other than simply the board and foil. Nice to get long rides, but at what cost? The sedate character of the ride on gear that size is just too much of a sacrifice. If it were in conditions that you could not kite in, you might have something, but in that clip.... give me the higher performance ride of a kite/foil set up every time.
I too foil exclusively with Peak4, but never in "real" waves but small ones you can surf. My question is what's the problem with having to redirect the kite? Why is it such a hindrance for you?
Because I can pump the foil for over 30 seconds now. I'm riding janky waves and once up on one I can easily ride and pump to the next one. It's not that the Peak pulls me off, it's not that I have to redirect it. Peaks are awesome! But that feeling where I'm freely surfing and not using the kite is ADDICTING! The reason I think we love the Peaks is that they feel so easy and light. It's like they're not there when you don't need them. Once I'm up on the wave I like to let go of the bar and let the Peak drift; which it does extremely well. BUT once I finish riding the janky wave, I pump to the next one and that's where I have to grab the bar, redirect and make sure it sits in the proper position before I can ride the next wave. Sometimes it's flawless but other time's I miss it. So the whole free flying experience is lost. That's the only "hindrance" I'm referring to. I couldn't do any of that without a kite.
I have the 3.6, 4.6 and 6 Naish S25s, u will love them. Windows are a bonus and I realised this when borrowing a friend without windows.
I have 7m Gong Gen1 and a 4m Ozone V1. I started with a Gong 5m, but knew right away it didn't have enough low-end grunt, sold it and traded up. I am still not really sure about the 7m, I may move on to another brand/model to seek that magic light wind option. I think those first Gong's are too floppy to generate enough power in pumping.
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