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What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby Toby » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:13 pm


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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby Regis-de-giens » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:55 pm

Nice video !

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby grigorib » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:03 pm

Nice video!
you can see the wind line on the surface so wind speed depends where folks measured it - at shoreline in a heat bubble or further out at the sea where you can see wind on surface.

When meter shown 6+ knots he was flying nice so practically 6 knots is a good answer to the question. Gunnar foiled in 3-4 on 21m Flysurfer Speed in one of the old videos. Cameron rode in comparable low wind.

Wing/twintip size matters a lot, just as line length to catch wind gradient and extend dive travel arc
I'd be tempted to say a thinner race kite would do better too for the conditions

Overall, experience beaten it. Great job!

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby kiteswede » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:51 pm

I like their videos. But I wonder if they are sponsored by that kite brand since they often mention them :)

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby grigorib » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:16 pm

kiteswede wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:51 pm
I like their videos. But I wonder if they are sponsored by that kite brand since they often mention them :)
:lol:
Armin Harich is the “Flysurfer” - partner, kite designer and co-founder of Skywalk

https://flysurfer.com/fs-brand-story/

The video pushes edge of 15m Soul to become the new “ligtwindiest kite/size for the masses”. It’s a great kite which works magic for a great rider

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby john a » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:00 am

A freestyle tube and 136 twin:


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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby Pemba » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:13 am

Not sure what to think about that. Less than 4 knots, less than 3 even sometimes ? I'm wondering if he isn't influencing the wind with his body. Kite looks incredibly stable for 3 point something knots. But I wasn't there.

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby dice » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:33 pm

It also depends highly on the humidity of the air. Or the airpressure. Or something else, I'm not sure. But knots is not everything.
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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby grigorib » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:49 pm

With that size wing Armin didn’t need a kite to ride to start with. He pumped hard in the beginning of the video but the moment he was at the wind line and meter was showing 5-6 he rode nicely.

I think 6 knots is a decent lightwind for experienced rider and anywhere below that is a bit of exercise

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Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Postby PullStrings » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:01 pm

dice wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:33 pm
It also depends highly on the humidity of the air. Or the airpressure. Or something else, I'm not sure. But knots is not everything.
Correct
The fact that they are wearing full wetsuit indicates that the water is cold
Some types of light winds also hover over the water leaving it glassy in some area but you can sometimes see the wind capillaries on the water upwind
Air temperature being warmer than the water makes the wind denser and that the key right there for power once you get going
Can't measure with machines those winds and get a number
That same type looking wind in the dead of summer where they would be wearing boardshorts would be gutless and nobody could ride at all
I have been in those type sessions about twice a year since kiting using big kites
It happens in the springtime when water is still cold and very light wind is much warmer in comparison
It happens in the summer also if we experience an upwelling making the top surface of the ocean very cold compared to the hot wind
It is fun and you don't even need an foilboard to experience it


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