So my friends, last saturday eventually THE day came: I was able to test my Sonic 13! Bought in febraury (!!), then Covid, then strong winds...
I have to say the day did not start the right way: I was alone on the beach and I had to ask to a friend of mine not very expert with foil kites to help me launch. As I wrote in another post, the launch is very tricky since it' forbidden to launch on the beach, you must stay in the water and have someone keeping your kite. Also, there are street lamps, passing pedestrians and cyclists, a real nightmare. To make the story short, I explained him to wait until the kite was well inflated but he simply throw it in the water absolutely not inflated. My fault anyway, I think I did not explain him properly, I was too eager to begin the session.
The Sonic felt in the water, wind was very very light and it really crashed in a bad way, completely folded on itself. I simply thought "ok, my mistake, but now no way to relaunch this thing in these conditions". After 4 o 5 minutes, I felt a gust and.... incredible!!! The Sonic unfolded by itself, two or three pulls on the front line and it was in the air perfectly inflated!!! I was really astonished!! It's possibile I've been simply very lucky, anyway a similar relaunch after 5 minutes folded in the water... what a surprise!
So I eventually started my session, wind very light, board Shinn Bronq XL 150x50.
The second surprise of the day was that the Sonic is not a difficult kite to handle. Not a beginner one, that's clear, but also not a "monster" for professionals only. My level is medium and I really found it confortable to fly. No problem of tips collapsing (my technique is for sure not perfect), a very nice constant pull and, most of all, an extreme responsivness to the bar sheet in/sheet out. It's like having the gas pedal of a sport car in your hands, you pull the kite pulls, you let the bar go and the kite really "kills itself" and waits for your input. Lift and hangtime are crazy, you're staying in the air forever also if you're not jumping high. Can't comment on looping since I did not test it yet. I really had a wonderful session, it's an amazing kite with an enormous potential.
To "complete" the test, yesterday I used my "old" Speed 5 21. Also considering the size (a 21 is one of a kind, can't really be compared to smaller sizes), the evolution from the Speed to the Sonic is incredible.
I don't want to add too much to these considerations since I rode it two hours but I'm really stoked with this kite.
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on Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:57 pm, edited 2 times in total.