If I'm riding the alaia, I like a bit of power to do transitions and use my normal line length bar which I think is 21. Normal powered riding but less than you would want for high boosting. Something like 9m kite and 16 knots plus.Cab Driver wrote: ↑Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:05 pmuh - shovits not on the foil!! Surfboard, skimboard, alaia...
Interesting comments on the long lines. So you like to use the drag to push the kite downwind when it has "slack" power?? I'm assuming that's your drift. I just use a kite that drifts like a madman and run the 18m. Really, I might use a 12m every once in a while, but it's normally 9m.
Mostly I like to surf waves on a floaty surfboard or 900 cm2 Cruiser wing and then I like a tiny kite. I'll fly my 7m when other free-riders are on 9m or 12m of the same popular model. Long lines - small kite.
I don't understand the drag question related to drift. If you are asking about line drag, then no, I'm using very thin lines on my 30m lines bar. Liros DC Pro with 0.83 mm on the back and 1.1 mm on the front - no jumping. Just looking at rear line slack, I suspect my normal bar has more drag with its beef-cake lines and an extra mm of fuzz. I think the biggest benefit to drift is a smaller lighter kite. The less obvious and less important benefit is that with kite altitude there is more time.
For example my largest tube kite is a 9m. Its generally considered to be an Ultra-light LEI at 2245 grams. Riding in 15 knots plus and normal lines wave riding and drift is very good. Less than 15 knots in our onshore wind swell and a floater of a surfboard results in the kite slowly sinking backwards as I ride into the kite, pushed by the wave. If the lines are longer, there is more time for the kite to fall before I have to correct.
Right now I'm most attracted to anorexic kites that weigh less than 1000 grams for the hydrofoil. Paired with 30m low drag lines, their drift transcends any words recorded on the kite forum. No tube kite comes close.