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Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby gigibianchi » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:36 am

Question to all foilers that enjoy foiling up to 15-16 knots and then switch to TT and enjoy hooked freestyle up to 30+ knots:
which kites size/s do you use?

I weight 66-68 kg, I currently have 12m and 9m from my pre-foiling period and i'm wondering what would be the right sizes for my next upgrade (all around kites). The 12m is too big for sure, and i'm indecisive about taking 10 and 8 or 11 and 8. What do you do?

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby Janus » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:45 am

imho there is nothing wrong on your 12 & 9 m.. in 15/16 kts that 12m is fine.
just get a 7m for the upper wind range.

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby dave1986 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:06 am

Your kite size for foiling below 15/16knots will depend on your preferred riding style and how low wind you want to be able to go out in. If you are happy from 9knots + then a 9m or 10m 3 strut kite should be fine.

But for maximum wind range I'd say go for an ultralight foil kite. Like an Ozone Chrono or Flysurfer Soul 10m to 13m size. This should easily cover the 6knots to 16knots range.

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby Janus » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:21 am

Hmm.. I thought you only were talking about the TT riding.. my mistake.. so for TT; my advice stays the same.
For the foiling.. depends what riding style you have, board and foil choice and wind conditions.. like Dave1986 states.

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:59 am

I'm not getting off the foil until it's 20 knots. Well, depending on area... flat water area maybe 18 knots if that's the limit of the lulls.

I have Switchblade 12 and 10m for TTing, and Drifter 10 and 8m for foiling. I'm mostly using the 8m now, and am contemplating a 6m :D If I'm getting blown off the 8m, I'm probably happy on the 12m and TT...

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby FLandOBX » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:19 pm

Janus wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:45 am
imho there is nothing wrong on your 12 & 9 m.. in 15/16 kts that 12m is fine.
just get a 7m for the upper wind range.
I agree. Get a 7m.....that will cover the upper wind ranges for both your foilboard and twintip riding.

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby downunder » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:35 pm

Kamikuza wrote: I'm not getting off the foil until it's 20 knots. Well, depending on area... flat water area maybe 18 knots if that's the limit of the lulls.

I have Switchblade 12 and 10m for TTing, and Drifter 10 and 8m for foiling. I'm mostly using the 8m now, and am contemplating a 6m :D If I'm getting blown off the 8m, I'm probably happy on the 12m and TT...

And u are 90+ kg?

Im 59kg and not touching 7m on TT at all. Not worth a risk after broke me ankle on it...
Watched the guys on 7m yesterday. Mowing the lawn. Im not that guy so rather pass ...

And for Janus, as u know, it is not the same being overpowered on 7m and 27kn and on 13 in 17kn ;)

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby Windigo1 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:10 pm

I'm 80KG and I use a 9m Boxer 80% of the time under 15 knots for foiling . 7M works good for foiling over 15 knots but you want to get ligth one a heavy 7m will fall from the sky in 15 knots if you want to use it for foiling. I have 2 quivers one a single struts for foiling and one of freeride kite. On the twintip I'll use the 7m 25 knots and above I can switch to 5m at 35 knots. At your weigth 12-9-7 would cover pretty much everything from 8 knots on the foil 12m to 30 knots 7m twintip.

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:26 pm

downunder wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:35 pm
And u are 90+ kg?

Im 59kg and not touching 7m on TT at all. Not worth a risk after broke me ankle on it...
Watched the guys on 7m yesterday. Mowing the lawn. Im not that guy so rather pass ...

And for Janus, as u know, it is not the same being overpowered on 7m and 27kn and on 13 in 17kn ;)
That and I've yet to encounter anything more than 40 knots by a long shot.

I have a 2011 Crossbow 7m in the shed, if you like. Used exactly twice :( I got the 8m SB for big days and only ever used it foiling :lol:

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Re: Foilers that switch to TT above 15-16 knots

Postby drsurf » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:31 pm

If you're not using a foil above 15-16 knots you're really missing out on some fun. When it's 15 knots plus you can use really small kites which are super responsive, fast and manoeuvrable rather than slow turning kites of 7m plus.

Although I mainly use Peak4 3m & 4m kites above 15 knots I also have a 4m Naish Boxer which has a great wind range. Small single strut LEI kites are really in their element in 15 knots plus with a hydrofoil.
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