tautologies wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:27 pm
I have a 2450 which is bigger in surface area, but I am not using it for kiting. I could not imagine using a bigger kite than a 4 with that much foil. 18 would be impossible to handle. My 1250 is as big as I would want to use a 6 with. I just got a 1050 to be able to go faster...at that size I go immediately to foil. Barely any board needed at all.
BigTone kites with the 1020, which is 2000cm2
I tried it once with a 90cm mast cos I had nothing else that day, but it was horrible.
As kitedougiefresh said, the issue for bigger guys is that power spike for getting out of the water with smaller kites and lighter winds. With my 21m foil kite, I could get up and riding in the silliest of light wind, but then when it inevitably picked up I'd rapidly be over-powered ... and the riding was pretty much lawn mowing anyway.
So I gave that up for a smaller faster kite, which lost me maybe 5 knots of bottom end starting ability, but only a couple of knots for riding ... and if I can water start, then I'm going to have at least an ok time. If the wind drops and I'm riding, I can make it back to a safer place ... so long as I don't bin it!
I've also gone down from my old faithful 820 wing to the 660, saving the 820 for desperation days.