Thanks. Definitely not a troll. I feel like I have a good grip on launching and landing. I've done it ~20 times by now. In this case I had nowhere but directly downwind to land it unfortunately due to terrain. I couldn't bring it down to the side. And for some reason LEI habits kicked in making me release the bar pressure when I saw that someone grabbed it
Thanks.DukeSilver wrote: ↑Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:45 amAs TomW said above, learn to foil on a kite you feel comfortable with first - IE an LEI. Learn in moderate winds and choose a kite size that gives you easy power to get up onto the board for your weight. You will be able to learn on the foil you have, but it will be a longer and more painful road than if you had chosen a more beginner friendly model like an Axis, Slingshot or similar. These foils are also more durable when learning.
Once you can ride on the foil with some control, I think any of the kites on your list other than maybe the Sonic will be fine for you. I use a 9m Hyperlink and love it from 10kts up to 15-17kts at (81kg). After that I am on a 6m Reo. Will get a 4m Peak4 for winds over 20kts.
Breze you have shed so much light on my situation! Thank you!!!Breze wrote: ↑Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:51 amHave a look at the vid, the Flysurfer guys are explaining ( Min 37) what happens to an older foilkite. It will get more backstall and has low power.It seems you described the behavior of an older race foil very well. The loss of power of the Diabolo in combination with a small racewing like the Spotz leads to a much more wind hungry set up.The Diabolo is known for its paperlike cloth and no help from Fone with any lineplans.
Your 12m Pivot has quite the same power as the 9m foilkites you mentioned. The Sonic has the most and the HL the lowest power of theses three.
I wouldn`t go with the Sonic2 9m bc it is too trimm sensitive for a foil novice. The HL1 gets too fast too much water inside, the Soul 9m is "the" advanced freeride foil these days.
But why not further learning with your Pivot? For a bit more wind and better relaunch the Ultra 10m is a very nice kite too, one of the best single strut kites.
Lol hahaha... It was the price, I got the whole setup for ~$600
This makes sense. I agree with you, my gear decisions have not been the best. They've been cheap though.TomW wrote: Apologize for suspecting a troll.
You have made some poor gear decisions. Again, don't want to be harsh, just honest.
I'm 100% sure that you will sell that foil and get a more moderate wing. 1000-1200cm 2. Everything you try to learn will be 5x harder. So unless you are exceptionally talented and can spend 10-15hr a week practicing, you will not develop your skills.
Now days you can get a Gong Rise or Curve foil for 500€.
So first thing you should do is sell the race foil and buy a Gong. Or any other locally available 1000-1200cm2 foil. That's a better investment than any kite you can buy, likely cheaper too.
Then learn on your Lei 12-9-7 m kites.
Once you can fly transitions, flying foot switch, you can think about getting foil kites or specific foiling Lei.
Even if you have racing ambition this is the path to take.
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