Hi Fred,FredBGG wrote:Hi Alexalexrider wrote:...At 12 knots, and that's not much, I would definitely enjoy the 15 far more than the 19. Wouldn't you?PBKiteboarding wrote:I'm only 68kg and wouldn't go without the 19m.....
I'd say for my 82 kg, the borderline for equal fun with a Mako Wide is 8-9 knots. I am always after waves whenever possible. ....
If you are after the waves going for a smaller kite if a good choice for you.
I'm very intrested to see how the Speed 3 15m compares to the Psycho 4 15m
I was riding the Speed 3 19m in low wind in the surf.... amazingly easy and stable.... but when the wind came up just a bit I was much happier with the Psycho 4 15m..
Have you tried a surfboard in the waves instead of the Mako?
The surfboard opens up so many different stances on the board.. in and out of the straps etc.
I find that a twin tip forces you into an unfavorable stance for wave riding.
Also I think that the right surfboard would give you more speed and upwind than the Mako.
I liked the Ps4 15, up to a point. It's a big kite and yet it doesn't like light winds. The DL version should be a lot more appropriate for it's programme. For my riding style (I am not into monkey business), the SP3DL15 will very well replace the Ps415; as it has as wider wind range and it turns nearly as fast.
You are a big guy and as wind increases you swap the S319 for the Ps4 15, just like I would be swapping the S315 for the PS412, which in my opinion is far better than the 15, not just because it is smaller.
I have a Spleen Zone, which is amazing. The problem is that I am not amazing at switching feet gibing on such a small board. I use it when the sea is glassy between surfs. I also have a North surf board (small too) and a 6'2" floaty surf board to which I added footstraps.
Have you tried the Mako? When you do, you'll understand why everyone is raving about it. I think it is a "ahead of it's time" amongst boards as FS are with kites. For you, the Mako King should fit the bill.
I have modified my Mako so it feels less like a twintip and more like a surfboard by moving the fins towards the center and swap the for longer ones. I started a thread on the subject. I don't remember ever had a surfboard rider close hauling upwind nearly as well as me with the Mako, even when pulled by a Pulse2; but to be fair they didn't have FS .