Just a few impressions from todays 18 m Pulsion session. Was blowing gusty wind across the lake 4-15 kts. I took shorter, 18m lines and got much better control in gusts.
I put largest Zeeko front foil:Carver-wing. It has a lot of surface that limits max speed to app. 20 Kts limiting true windspeed for the kite as well.
Shorter lines delay my starts by 1-2 kts, but low limit remained the same when up and foiling. I can wait 3 min for 2 kts more wind.
There were enough luls to experiment with
new ways to keep the kite flying longer.
I put my foil in a position developed by Gunnar for dragging the foil through the shorebreak (https://youtu.be/shOrYjUMYpI
), and steer upwind as much as I can.
My speed went above 1 knot, added to windspeed and kept kite high with decent line tension. More effective than just flying or looping the kite. And may bring you closer to the spot as well, but may not work on bigger swell/waves.