The Smart Wave is an evolution of the previous closed cells smarts. I flied a lot the 4.5, 6.5 and 8.5 (ligh cloth) in waves and tried to give Benoît Tremblay regular feedbacks and sent the kite back and forth several times for modifications. Benoît then worked with Liquid Force for the Elite and started foiling and designed the Pulsion for the foil and on a foil (and for him). I bought the first Pulsion in 9m, 6m and 3.69m (he usually have the same sizes in Québec so that we can compare). The Pulsion is a very good kite but they are not like the Smarts: they pull more in the harness, they have a boost very useful for hydrofoil to get the foil flying, and very light bar pressure. This said, I like the 9m a lot, I found out that it is a fantastic kite for light wind sessions in wave (I am only 66kg) but I liked the smarts better in waves (strapless riding, the less I use the kite the better -- board choice is very important too). With the magic pulsion out, I had the feeling that Benoît could use his insights from the Pulsion to work on a new smart and I started emailing him ... a lot!! One day he sent me an email saying that my smart wave 6.5 was cut:gl wrote:I also have the 6.5 and 8.5 Smart Wave kites. I replaced my Flysurfer pulse kites with them. I liked the Flysurfer but love the Smart kites. Especially for strapless surfboards. The pull is very controlled and almost never pulls me off the boards. They just make everything seem easier. They handle the gusts much better and have huge depower. Launching and landing in the higher winds is much easier. The only thing I fine not as good is the upwind angle and a bit more bar pressure. Neither of these bother me and
I like everything else better. The kite also drifts well while turning towards it. I have the kites also in 4.5, 8.5 and 12.5 in open cell and they handle similarly but with easier launching and landing. I use them on snow and mountain board on the beach. Just great kites. I do prefer higher aspect kites in lighter winds.
No worries ... I just wanted to clarifygl wrote:Stef sorry I did not realize Ben had a new version of the Smart Wave out.
My understanding (but I am not a kite designer at all) is that the smarts fly more on the backlines than other foil kites and this coupled with a huge changing shape depower (depowered the smart is very arched) make the tips a bit slack and they flaps when really overpowered. As you said, it is not really a pb, as you said, because it means that you need to change size but more confort is always better. Benoît has changed the internal structure, modified the air intakes at the center and added the stiffeners. In 18-20 knots, gusts in the mid-twenties (I start to use a 4.5m at 23-25 knots -- 18-20n is the sweet spot for me with a 6.5), my impression was that the tips were less slacks even completely depowered at the zenith -- I had no issue at all of tip tucks during my flight. Ben has a special location where the wind is very turbulent + the pulsions have a superb stability and he dedicated a special attention to that issue. Flying the kite in (a lot) more wind even if it is not my windrange is on the to-do list but my first try was very good to that respect. At the very least, I know that I have my foil kite for wave riding --with a 4.5 and a 2.5m that would be even better, I'll keep the pulsion 9m for the light winds. When I feel I have more power needed with the pulsion 9m I know that the 6.5 will be perfect. I think a 8.5 would be the equivalent of the 6.5 for heavier riders ... a bit like the Psycho 4 8m and the 6m.gl wrote:Could you expand on how the tips handle differently when getting overpowered. On my version they tend to get to close together when very overpowered. Not a big problem and does not happen on my open cell smarts.
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