mike dubs wrote:
You can get a wing for way less than the cost of a kite.
Ok how much cheaper than $89? Are we talking umbrella wing?
I have been in a lot of places where the wind was so gusty and shifty (more than 45 degree changes) where a kite would basically just fold and fall out of the sky.
It depends what part of the window the kite is in. I have ridden where the wind changes 180degrees. The kite gets pushed at you lines go slack, even have the kite rotate in the air on slack lines. Often though it will recover fine. The prevailing wind resumes quickly kite gets tension again. A kite folding or falling is hardly the end of the world, many kites can handle this, and is in fact the best way to get a surf experience from them.
The wing however can deal with these conditions a lot better.
No doubt it is easier or more pleasant on a wing, in certain situations. The conditions I wonder is when there is consistently no wind at rider height but then good wind at 5-10m plus I mean even at 20m you can use 40m lines to get to it easy. Say you may have 20knots at 20m but 5knots at rider height. What size wing works in 5knots? Or should I use a 3m kite on 30-40m lines?
Also you can pump through the shifts and holes without worrying about the wing.
Well you can pump with a kite too.
With a kite you always need to worry about keeping it in the air somehow and that limits the courses you can pump when the wind stops in a 10 second or more lull.
The fact that you do not have to relaunch a wing makes these type of conditions bearable where even a Peak4 will end up getting in the drink, and it is a pain to relaunch single skin kites out of the water even under normal conditions with long lines, but combine that with the massive shifts which blow the kite over it turns into a nightmare.
It is definitely not easy with a kite. Peak has the disadvantage where it will drop on the water, so probably better with another kite.
Not meant as a personal attack but this is pretty silly. Or are you being sarcastic?
No I am not being sarcastic. Which part is silly.