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Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3 and now 8.5

Postby stefFZ » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:23 am

ladomi wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:50 pm
You prefer 19M lines because they allow the kite to react faster?
Yes I find it a good compromise in waves for that size on a 60cm bar (my 12.5 is on 21m lines). As I don't use the absolute low end because I am using a surfboard, I don't really need to push the kite to its low-end limits, I prefer to switch to the 12.5 that gives the "extra-torque" that I am needing for surfing (given that the 12.5 also shines upwind).

Here are my reports on the Wave 12.5 (in French): http://lesfoilz.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4296
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Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3 and now 8.5

Postby gl » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:44 am

I am about 80 kg. and use the slingshot infinity 76 wing. For best low end I am also using the slingshot simulator board that has lots of float. I do not pop up onto the foil on the first dive of the kite. It gets me up on the the board and then the second dive pops me up. The extra float of the board gives me the time for the kite to rise for the second dive. Once up at 12 to 13 knots no problem staying on foil. I do not like looping the kite so maybe with looping you could go earlier.
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Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3 and now 8.5

Postby stefFZ » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:34 am

Very good session yesterday with the Wave 8.5. Wind was awful, changing force (15-25 knots) and direction, but the main direction was slightly side-off and there was a nice 1m swell. Waves were opening, not very steep but a very nice hot summer fun session.

The Wave was shining in the surf, the main difference with a LEI that I could see (there were some other guys in the waves) is that I could let the kite go and surf in these conditions, focusing only on the wave by accelerating at the take off and the kite would keeps its momentum when surfing. In comparison, the guys with LEIs had to move the kite in the wind window to avoid slack lines, the bottom turn is then a bit too low (too far beyond the wave) and the top turn is done by moving the kite back to the other side. With the CA Wave, this is closer to surfing as there is no need to do this (but one can do it if s.he wants to). One can really use the energy of the wave without being scared of the kite falling from the sky unexpectedly (the CA Wave would rather float in the air indicating that stretching the lines would be good).

When I went back, I thought that the idea that one could travel with surfboards for paddle surf and add a couple of kites to his or her quiver when wind is blowing is now fulfilled. One bar, 2 or 3 kites (I prefer 3: Wave 4.5/8.5/12.5 get me going from 12 to 50 knots) + 2 surfboards (a groveler and a board for steeper condition but still with a good natural speed, e.g Hayden Hypto Krypto) + a longboard when I travel with the van as I cannot do without it, especially in summer. Dedicated wave riders should give it a try ... for me it has been a game changer.

Stef
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Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3 and now 8.5

Postby TomW » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:25 pm

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Unboxing of Wave 4,5m. The bridles are unsheathed nearest to kite, then sheathed, and thicker at speed system. The LE has the little plastic ribs, that I didn't expect, which is nice.
Looks robust and have high hopes!

Now we are in low wind months of July and August, but hope to get out asap on it. Have loose plans for a cape Town trip after New year's, so good to have it.

Will be interesting to see overlapping with the Hyperlink 7.


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