LeoLeal wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:56 pm
About low end:
I have been rode with this kite for the last 10 session and for me lower than 9.5 knots is not comfortable. You can go but you have to fight to go upwind, for me doesn't worth.
About high end:
Last session I was riding this kite when the wind picked up to something around 17 + knots (estimate) it was so strong that I had to ride full depower with one hand on the bar and the other side that I wasn't hold the bar the wing tip collapsed, I do believe that the line was a little bit slacked. I could undone this easily but it happened more than one time.
So for me the up end of this kite is 16knots (estimate).
Yep. That's what happens. Did it still fly ok? In my experience the 4 and 5 kept flying just fine, but looked so ugly I could hardly stand it. When I sheeted in the kite regained shape, but it was too much power for me and my hydrofoil (and a bit of chop).
If you see this happening you need to rig a smaller kite or grab a conventional board.
The peak works best right when it barely works. I've had sessions on the 8 where I didn't really feel overpowered, but I got really frustrated, except when I switched to the 5 and it worked awesome. For me, 17 knots yesterday in sea-breeze shore break with the 4 was pure bliss. In my experience, when I was really overpowered on the 4 with the leading edge folding in, the wind was somewhere around 30 knots.
One of my more experienced friends suggested back-stalling the kite to prevent getting overpowered. I can see that actually working, except I am a ham-fisted idiot.