abel wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:49 am
I don't know if its the weather change or what, but what I expected to be an 8-11 knots season its rather a 6-10 knots. Quite a difference
It seems that the 12 m2 single strut kite that I specifically bought for hyrdrofoiling in light winds, is not enough because of the lulls. Lately I had to swim in too many times.
To go for a 15m foil kite or 15m single strut or a lighter 12m single strut (the one I have is 3.4 kg an there are similar weighting 2.8 );
or not to hydrofoil in such conditions, that is the question!?
Get a Kitech 12m kite. Trust me. We are a group of foilers at the beach and everyone tried everything. Cloud kites, Storm Voyager, Race Foil kites, but the only guy who kites and actually has a blast in 6 knots is the guy with the Kitech 12m. Now we all are getting one. Check out the video. Thats 6 knots and 12m
and here check the deep water relaunch in 5-7 knots.
(For some reasons this one wouldn't embed, just click the link)
The Kitech is a foil kite, but flies like a LEI kite. It is extremely stable. Yes you can fly a 12m race foil kite, but it will be very unstable and the wingtips will collapse quickly so you better be perfect on your tacks and gybes every time. You can go for a 15/17m race foil kite which will be more stable, but you will be over powered in anything over 8 knots.
The Pulsion 15m is nice, but 15m is too big and its way too expensive. $2200 kite only.
Storm Voyager or BRM Cloud are nice, but they wont relaunch in 6 knots.
The 12m Kitech relaunched so easy you barely have to do anything. It just wants to pop right back up. Even in 6 knots. Its turns fast enough so you can loop it and get up on foil and once you are riding in 6 knots the 12 provides plenty of power. Its mind blowing. The best part is the kite is quite affordable too.
sells them. Something like $1500 for kite and bar.
You will thank me. I promise. Kitech is about to release their V5 of the kite in 2 weeks. Ask Laszlo from Kite Hydrofoil Miami about it. Best kite and you can use it all the way up to 18-20 knots easy. The 15m Kitech works too but, we all have found the 12m to be the better option. Its faster allowing for easier flying and more nimble maneuvering.
And no i'm not a brand ambassador or anything like that. Just a guy who has been in your shoes and finally found the magic solution and wants to share the secret!