Pansh Aurora 12 Ultralight
Rider weight - 80 kg
Wind conditions - 9-14 knots
Custom large foil
Previous foil experience, 19 mtr Speed 2 and 10 mtr Psycho 3
Kite arrived 2 weeks after ordering, contact with Pansh was great, and tracking details provided. The kite arrived with two draw string bags, a small for initial shipping and a larger one for kite and bar.
I ordered kite only, pairing it with a 60cm Flysurfer bar and 15 mtr lines.
The kite seems well made, no faults found so far. The zip is good quality corrosion resistant, unlike my larger Flysurfer that needed a corroded zip replacing prematurely. The bridle lines are made of different types and thickness depending on location and load, hopefully this sorts out some of the shrinkage problems. All bridles were attached correctly and I measured all the bridles prior to use (see Pansh Bridle thread)
The kite flew fine out of the box, took awhile to inflate fully but first time I guess this is to be expected. On second use it inflated much quicker, pumping the rear lines helps.
I have had the kite out twice now, 7 to 14 knots. The kite flies nice on the beach, bugger all tip tucking which my psycho is prone to. If a tip tucks just push the bar out and it untucks 7 knots is only just enough wind and it is tricky to get up but once going but all good though transition need some skill in the ultra light stuff to avoid a touchdown.
Nothing spectacular about its performance, it flys similar to my other foils, downloops well during transitions and drifts while jibing without falling out of the sky.
The bar pressure is light and it is easy to oversheet, having 1” depower pulled helps stop this. The 60cm bar is a must to get adequate but not fast turning.
Up at 14 knots the leading edge gets dents in each pocket, I’m sure slowing the kite but normal for larger celled Flysurfer’s. It did backwind once in the higher winds, probably my fault, but recovered quickly. As I’m only using it in light winds this isn’t a problem.
Have managed to give it 3 swims so far, none had the kite take on water even after a minute laying on the water. Bit of back line tension and it sorted itself out then reverse launched easily.
Landing is simple with the 5th line. Leave the kite overhead, reach up and grab the 5th line, drag the kite out of the sky down in front of you, only for light wind.
I don’t have experience with the newer foil kites so comparison is only with my current flysurfers but the Aurora 12 is quite adequate for my light wind needs on a foil.