Realistically, you're not going to learn to foil in 5 - 12 knots ... or even 7 - 12 knots. As has been pointed out many times, when you're starting to foil you should be aiming for winds in the 12 - 16 knots range. You're going to be falling a lot at first & keeping a kite in the air in under 12 knots when you're falling awkwardly is not easy. Dropping the kite in light wind will be an exercise in frustration as you will spend all your time drifting downwind while you try to relaunch the kite & waterstart the foil. So better to get the foil & start in minimum 12 knots using your existing 3 strut kites. Once you've mastered the basics: water starting, cruising up & downwind & starting to get your flying gybing, then you can start looking for what kind of kite to get to use in lighter winds.Trigen wrote: ↑Sun Jul 04, 2021 7:26 amthanks everyone appreciate the input! Lots of good info here so 7-12 knots seems to be the place to be.
The main reason i wish to save as much as possible on the foil itself is so i can grab another kite or two. Given that the ram air kites tend to be pretty darn expensive i'd probably just get a 12 for the very low days and use as No strut or single strut for a bit more. Gong has these actually. Should have included that info. I also have a 7 9 12 17 Core GTS. Ive also looked at the Gin single skin kites but it says version 2 coming soon and i cant find any v1 around.
I can also get 20% on Peter lynn nova kites but i know nothing about them so for the most part i will probably hunt for some second hand stuff. Great list of options there from Dave. Cheers! Ive flown foils 2-3 times btw so i have some experience with them
So on the cheap for the kites at least Gong single or no strut + a used foil
Or a 9m Core Xlite + a 12m foil.
Pretty much all suitable foils are sold out these days so im looking at October to get started.
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