Flyboy wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:13 pm
I know this has been discussed before, but the conclusions seem to have been ... inconclusive. What is the front/back line balance with the Peaks? Should I expect to shorten the back flying lines, lengthen them, or leave them as is? This is always a tricky thing when flying a new kite, but I expect it to be harder to pin down due to the feeling of the Peaks being significantly different from anything I've flown before.
Front and back lines equal is the best place to start. If you are heavy-handed like me, just trim it in a bit while you are standing there on the beach, so that the kite can't backstall if you sheet in all the way.
I got a chance to briefly try my 3 meter a couple days ago. I was a bit worried about how the 3 would handle, because it was pretty windy when I put it up.
The wind puked out right after I got up and rode several meters, but the handling is not much different from the 4.
The first time I used the 4, I ended up being crazy overpowered. One of my much more experienced friends told me that the best thing to do is use backstall to get control.
These peak 4s excell at the bottom end of their wind range, but they still work well and with good control in wind ranges well above what is good for hydrofoiling.
If you are overpowered, the kite will flap a bit. If you are way overpowered and sheet out too much, you might experience the lower wingtip or even the entire leading edge folding in.
This is no problem. It does mean that you should be on a smaller kite, but the situation is easily solved by sheeting in a bit and applying more drag.
(Of course, on a hydrofoil this is gonna feel dicey, but maybe you should be on a smaller kite or a conventional board)
If you get freaked out with your hydrofoil, you can just body-drag back to the beach, grab your wide light-wind surfboard and immediately go out and have a good time.
As I have now reached a level that I would describe as "marginally competent," I can confirm that the tactic of purposely oversheeting the kite works well; but it does take a light touch which will probably require practice.
If you are new to these kites, the best thing to do is fly them moderately to well powered, and trim the bar for no backstall.