That is a huge step up in size and power without professional instruction. A 4m kite in 25mph winds is enough to get you pretty mangled up on a bad gust or beginner mistake on land.Chrisk7 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:04 am..... and I've been practicing with a Prism 250mm dual line kite with a handle.
I would like to get into the real thing for things like buggies, snow boarding/skiing, maybe land boarding, and possibly kite boarding on the water.
In my area around the NW I'm thinking that the winds would usually be in the light to maybe 25 mph range.
I'm thinking of something in the 8 to 12 meter size depending on the specific kite but I'm not sure.
I am a huge advocate of foil kites, and use them exclusively on snow. But most modern inflatables are better in control and handling above 20mph. I would steer clear of foils in those sizes. I also use 2007-2013 HQ kites back from when they were the best in some models. The apex was not one I would reccomend.
It happens, but I would not use this as an argument to not use LEI.
Absolutely correct, but that is the biggest frustration among my friends and me on everyday kiting life. Friends cannot kite because their kite for the wind is not in shape like leaky center strut, or not enough wind for them to kite but for me is and I am 20-30kg heavier than they are. My max 12 times used Ozone Edge developed a leak, broken one pump "cup", bladder to hose adapter. Kite has never flapped on the beach for long periods like pump in the morning, wrong size, pump another and kite flaps on beach for 6 hours also flapping one-pump-system. Very hard to fix those one-pump cups, kite starts collapsing, fabric starts wearing due to collapses, soon bladder will burst out as pressure seeks weakest point in structure giving fabric. Stitches are wearing from LE and kite has not been flapping. Maybe once self landed to sandy beach and self-launched. I self-launch by drifting from water, I could do it from sand but never did due to sanding of fabric and stitches.dice wrote: ↑Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:20 pmIt happens, but I would not use this as an argument to not use LEI.
Or at least not as only reason.
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