Well, sometimes you say you do not seek marignal winds, but sometimes you give advices to even improve low end of the bests light foil kites ... you need to choose my dear ! Personally on this topic I focuss on comment linked to your second optionkitexpert wrote: ↑Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:13 pmI don't know, or is the opposite true If wind is very low there is a risk it will go near zero and it is game over no matter what kind of kite it is. Of course it has some interest to push the limits, but it is not for great majority of kiters, including hydrofoilers.Regis-de-giens wrote: So IMO marginal wind flight ability allows you to either reduce your swimming risk
Personally I just don't want to push the envelope too much (if I do I prefer to do it on the snow/ice, then I can go to 4-6kn depending wind and surface quality, but it is quite lame). I just had decent foil day with a LEI, no white water or other kiters. No difficulties to keep kite in the air, I guess it was about 8-9kn. If it is lower than that there is something else to do.
Did i hit a nerve ?
But it is seen personal wind objective will be lower if kite allows it. I trust much more 9kn wind than 6kn wind and I greatly prefer a self rescue with a LEI in 7kn than with a foil kite in 4kn. Today I helped a friend of mine with Speed21, his kite bowtied and didn't recover. It took hundreds of liters of water inside and pulling it to the shore and draining it was quite a work, there was a risk to tear it too. It wasn't only because of low wind, but still a good reminder what kind of mess a foil kite can become. Finally wind got too low and many LEI's dropped, but not mine because I kept looping it until I was out of water.Regis-de-giens wrote: ↑Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:21 pmSo the answer is definitelly YES : because swimming risk is linked to the following ratio : [your wind objective] vs [lowest wind flight of your kite]. If you maintain your ride objectives ( say 8 knots with your LEI), then your LEI will offer you only 1-2 knot margin vs light foilkite = 4-5 knots margin before dropping the kite in water (or on snow which is also very uncomfortable in mountains). Figures are not contractual and just for illustration purpose.
Yes, you can ride more by taking more risks.
It really seems like this 10000 hour veteran lives in different reality than we 1000 hour newbies. Just drift it to the water in no wind, pull a line, untangle it, wait and goPullStrings wrote:
Well said about hoolio !
That is true but you never choose the wind speed. Hence the real question is : When kitexpert arrives on a spot with 9 knots average with punctual lulls that seem 7-8 but may go further down . Very common . which kite reduces your chance to swimm or relax you more to go riding ? LEI vs Pulsion ? Pulsion ... and the best it hangs in the sky, the more tricks you can attempt even in light, while you will remain very prudent with a LEI to go back with a dry LEI.
Ok, I was wrong.
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