kitexpert wrote: ↑
Mon May 03, 2021 9:33 pm
Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Sat May 01, 2021 9:44 pm
The lighter the wind, the more you should depower on the trim strap, for beginners a bit contradictory, but the way it works.
That is a bit too much. Actually you have to be alert to take that power kite occasionally gives you, also in lightest of winds. Paradoxically many kiters are not competitive in light wind riding because they are over powered, unable to receive fully the power kite gives when it is dived and looped aggressively. When kite gives that power spike you must edge very hard to convert that pull to speed, then kite gives you a bit more power and you keep on doing same...
So if trim strap should be pulled in it shouldn't be done to avoid kite back stalling but to prevent over powering. However then you are just too weak and you will not benefit your light wind kite power fully. Possibly smaller kite would work (nearly) as well
I dont agree!
We dont know what Kitemanmuc (the OP) is talking about, when "light".
If a TT it could be 12-13 knots, if a hydrofoil it could be 6-7 knots.
I was thinking about the latter, as otherwise it is not really light wind...
On a hydrofoil it does not make sense to say you should only pull the trim strap to prevent over powering, if out in wind where it is difficult to avoid backstalling, nor to edge very hard.
On the contrary - you should depower a bit, to get more speed thus more power, in lightwind foil conditions.
Once up and going fast getting more apparent wind, you can power up again if you like yes, but does not work for start power, as you kill the kite