12-13m for your smaller kites, 13-16m for your medium kites, and 15-18m for your larger kites (17m-21m).
The shorter your lines, the less "room" for the kite to turn and move in the sky. This means you need to be more direct and deliberate in fast gybes because the kite will want to finish the downloop with a wingtip very close to the water versus on much longer lines. With extremely wide kites like 15m+ this can be a factor getting used to the timing.How does line length and kite size relate?
That's not far off. It generally has more to do with wind range; I can do more with an 11m kite on 17m lines than I can with a 15m kite on 12m lines in light wind.Do bigger sizes require longer (17-18m) lines, and smaller sizes shorter lines (12-15m)?
Coming from very long freeride lines, yeah, the timing of the power stroke is tricky and you need to get ready for the kite to be 6-12 feet closer to the water during everything you do (increases risk of dropping it a bit). That said, the feeling of the kite is much more direct and intuitive, and you can ride with more power, so you should be g2g after a couple hours practice. It's not a "skill" to learn so much as a minor "technique."Is there a progression/learning curve to adapt to short line?
Not any kind of professional racing you didn't. It's not a mandatory line item of cost, but I personally found my hydrofoil basically unrideable until I transitioned to a seat harness. YMMV.I was also wondering, is it really necessary to use a seat harness for racing? I saw many pics with riders wearing waist harnesses during a race.
For a seat harness, I ride a Dakine Vegas and love it. I've seen a lot of folks in videos riding that harness as well in races. You'll get a lot of thoughts on harnesses, my advice is always to try a couple out or get one with a return policy and test-fit it with the spreader bar before getting it wet to make sure it feels right under load.BlindRider wrote: ↑Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:27 amThanks Mossy757!
I'm about to put together my first racing set, so I try to gather as much info as possible before I make the purchase, we have no pro racers around here.
Regarding wind range and kite sizes. I am going for a 3 kite setup to keep things simple at first. I am 85 kilograms, and I was thinking about a 17/19m (which one is better?) - 13m - 9m R1V2 quiver. Do you think it's going to work?
I am also a bit unsure about the wind range for these kite sizes with short lines. My initial thoughts are 19/17m until 10 knots, 13m from 10-20 knots, and 9m 20-30 knots.
Also, what if the wind ranges from 7-8 to 14-15 knot gusts? Do I take the 13 and be underpowered in the lulls or the 17/19, and be overpowered in the gusts?
I'm going to look into a good seat harness then, which brand / model do you guys prefer?
Thats interesting - my original thoughts were 19-15-11, but then I thought I need a smaller kite than 11 for strong wind racing, hence the 17-13-9 idea. I already have 18-12-9 foilkites, but they are freeride (Kitech Free RS), so maybe I'll go with the 19-15-11 route, and if its really nuking and I need to race, I take my 9m Kitech on short linesdavesails7 wrote: ↑Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:37 amNot sure if it's the same everywhere, but most racers on East Coast US have 11m, 15m, and 18m kites now. I have a 9m race kite, but not sure I really need it. I can ride the 11m up to low 20's knots. Above that, foil kites are a handful. So I barely ever ride the 9m. Also at those wind speeds, inflatable is just as fast (or very close). I like an 18m session on mirror flat water a lot more than a hectic 9m session, so I'd go 11m, 15m, 19m instead, especially if you're in a lightwind area.
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