omg wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:00 pm
One more question on the wingfoiling; people are marketing the wingfoil as an ultimate solution for the really gusty conditions, ie. smaller lakes surrounded wih trees etc. but I’m wondering if it’s really true and how one would compare wings to say Peak4 4/5m kites which people also tell to have the best gust handling ability?
Thanks once again.
as I understood your question was not about riding in waves with gusty winds, but about gusty small lakes. I would in general defenetly say: Stay with the Peaks.
For sure it depends a lot from the spot:
If the wind is far out just in the middle of the lake/spot and complicated conditions to start on land it can be easier with the wing.
On the other hand:
In general I would expect to have much more riding time with a kite with that you more often will be able to start even in a lull having the great ability to loop it.
To me, the closer and bigger the obstacle upwind is, the more intersting the ride
, why I am looking a lot for those conditions:
- Ultimate time 25 m behind a 12 m high building and no way to ride here with the wing as no wind or just a wind rotor, with the 5 m Peak4 flying above the mess. A wing was around on the spot, but most time standing around or riding 500 m far out.
- Penultimate time 50 m distance to a about 12 m small wood in side off shore conditions, even hard with the 3 m Peak4 to get there, just with a bit of pumping, trying to pump here around some buoys, most time had to loop me out of the mess to get back into wind.
One time I somehow crashed into a buoy and the kite into another one
, happily first moment been able to relaunch the Peak being still unhooked. But then it completely collapsed in a strong shift to unrelaunchable. I was winding up the lines drifted about another 50 m out holding the 3 m like a wing and then reasembled and relaunched it ... and restarted all the silly game
If you learned to launch a Peak from the water especially with out waves not to hard, there is no need to be afraid of having it colapsed, but as you know, it will happen extremly rare and as I think this was your questions: I don't experienced that this happens in conditions where you can have fun with a wing.