I'm new to hydrofoil and have Soul 12m (2.3kg) and Alpha v1 8m (2kg). My wing is equivalent to Moses Onda 633, thus, it is capable to plane with any displacement. I'm 72 kg and, in the 8-10k range I can ride with both kites, underpowered with Alpha and confortably with the Soul, however, I usually prefer to struggle a little bit more and use the Alpha. This Flysurfer is my first foil kite and I'm still trying to get used in how slow it is. Plenty of air mass to accelerate. The alpha is more fun to ride >=10k for sure. It helps me a lot as I'm now training gybes as it turns much faster than the Soul. I think an Alpha 10m would cover all the wind range on my local spot and would probably sell the foil kite, even aware that it would help me to learn tacks...FLandOBX wrote: ↑Tue May 11, 2021 1:33 amI agree with the previous posts. I use a FS Soul 10m for foiling in less than 10 knots. My challenge is that it's not quite as much fun as using a 7-9m inflatable in 12-14 knots. If I give into the temptation to "push the envelope" with the Soul in ultra light wind, I risk dropping the kite. The Soul is a great kite and easily relaunches in moderate wind, but relaunch is not a given if the wind is ultra light. Swimming in with a wet Soul isn't fun. But it's my light wind option and works well if you're content to chill and relax.
Fully agree. My personal option for sub 10 knots is a 15m foilkite (light so not a Soul above 10m for a light rider like I am), and sub 7 knots it is a 18m foilkite extremelly light. I could ride a 12m but it is boring because lack of power/ effort/ speed.bragnouff wrote: ↑Tue May 11, 2021 1:02 amThe main answer is that no matter what kite you use, it will end up being a different kind of fun than in 10kts+, and most likely, a lesser amount of fun.
Light winds will always restrict what you can do in terms of downwind ability, and wave riding.
So you're likely to be left enjoying fast straight runs, which is nice in itself, but arguably not as nice or playful as what you can do once there is a bit more ambient energy to tap into.
Point is, do not expect that a new kite will recreate the same experience you're having with your 9m in 10kts+.
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