dave1986 wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:34 pm
But I suppose a 10m Foil has much more power than a 10m LEI?
On a separate topic, how do you find the Reos compared with the Alphas?
Yes, the 9mtr v3 chrono UL has even more punch than the 12 Alpha, and flying the chrono on short 18mtr lines really gives it more fun to use qualities, and the boosting on it in winds that Ttips would find impossible, the speed the kite builds in marginal winds beggars belief.
it was an interesting day yesterday at Rhosneigr, as the army had a weeks worth of racing and sailing on Ttips and foilboards going on, and I found out why all the army guys were using Ozone Reos Alphas and Zephyrs, they are sponsored by Ozone,
so good to see so many new kites and around, 7 foil boards in use, loads of Ttips and one lonely wind foil.
one of the army instructors who happens to be one of my sailing buddies was on a 8mtr soul, me on my 9mtr chrono, the Ttips were struggling on 12mtr Alphas and Reo kites, only the 17mtr Zephyrs were able to sail a little, our other kitefoil buddy Dave was on his 12 soul, and richie was foilboarding on a 12 Alpha.
such a mix of sizes, but i can confirm the smaller foils were ripping around and boosting like we were having a ball,
as all the lei kites fell out of the sky at one point in the afternoon, guess which kites just kept on delivering the power, and I was still able to boost big, ok so most of the falling lei kites were being used by relative beginners so not quite fair to compare.
As for Reos compared to Alphas, well large Reo kites are slow and heavy compared to the Alphas, but Reo kites of 9mtr and below are foil board gems, and can be used very well on Ttips, meaning they jump very well and are very stable, not qualities that you can rave about when using the Alphas, which are superb lightwind foilboard kites, with the easiest relaunch ever, unlike the big size Reo which is not,
for me the Alpha kites make less than great Ttip kites,
so best to use on the foilboard, or maybe a wave/skim board.
Now that I have much more confidence using my foil kites, with near 100% relaunch success in any wind, my last 3 small lei Reo kites were sent to Boardworx a few days ago for part exchange against a new 7mtr V2 Hyperlink to partner my other small Hyperlink Ul 5mtr v1,
even sent off my 2 pumps as well, as I am now happy when launching my smaller foils in silly strong winds, which to be honest scared the shi** out of me a short while ago,
but after learning the drill with my other more experienced foil kite using buddies then I am more than happy converting over to a 100% foil kite quiver,
even wifey Pauline, who used to get all tangled up in the bridles when launching and landing me, now loves the fuss free launching and landing and pack away process,
You just need to practice and get over all the mistakes you make, learn from them and don't panic when things go wrong.
And they do go wrong, its a whole new skill to learn! and it takes time.
but good god, it's worth it.