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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby jatem » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:23 pm

Foils completely change light wind conditions. Mowing the lawn on a door is boring. You should have good kite skills before foiling, ability to control the kite without looking at it, good ability to relaunch and manage gear in the water, confidence with self launching safely.

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby knotwindy » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:13 am

And a spot deep enough to allow it!

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby hudstur » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:44 pm

2019 Ocean Rodeo Flite 17m for sure. See my ad on this site.

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby iriejohn » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:44 pm

hudstur wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:44 pm
2019 Ocean Rodeo Flite 17m for sure. See my ad on this site.
2019 Ozone Zephyr 17m for sure. And I'm not selling mine, sorry. :wink:

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:41 pm

Matteo V wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:57 pm
Virtually no kiter has seen a comparison between a beginner taking these two routes:

1. Beginner twin tip directly to foil
2. Beginner twin tip to LW TT to surfboard to foil.

I've seen exactly that with a local kiter who went from TT to Sector to Foil around the same time I went from TT to foil. Although we're different people at different ages and with differing amounts of time on the water, this kiter was way more experienced than me. Their progression was much slower because they would rely on the Sector when the conditions weren't ideal to foil. I would be out at the same time getting my ass kicked, and I think it really helped me get over the curve that way.

I appreciate that not everyone has the means or the location to just foil right away, and some spots would be better served with a shallow-draft lightwind board, but an intermediary board on the way to a foil really isn't going to be an advantage in my opinion.
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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby Matteo V » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:56 pm

Mossy 757 wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:41 pm
.......but an intermediary board on the way to a foil really isn't going to be an advantage in my opinion.
Thanks for being the one to fill in this blank. Definitely post back with more on this. Could you get the other guy to post his opinion? It would be nice to do an actual experiment with multiple participants to verify the viability/value of this path. So far, your advice is what we have to go on for now.

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby Whattheflock » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:31 pm

If you're still newish to the sport, a big lightwind TT is probably your best bet. I've had a blast on a litewave.. Highly recommend a strapless lightwind specific surfboard though if you want a bit more of a challenge. They are much more fun in the long run. If you live in a area with lightwind, a foil board is a no brain'er but you should wait to really dial your kite skills in first.

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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby Michaelr123 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:44 pm

Just wanted to report out on my first real day out!

So I finally had a good day of wind here in Madison, started out at about 6pm and went close to 9. the wind was averaging well above 15 for the first bit, and then eventually tapered off. I learned really quickly that over 20mph a 12m is too big for me! lol, at one point I got lifted and flew for maybe 50ft! I quickly progressed with upwind progress and never dropped the kite for 3 hours which was good. Although at one point I ended up getting blown into the shore and having to walk having to walk-of-shame it through someone's yard back to burrows...

At that point, I relaunched and grabbed my doorboard, which performed awesome while the wind was winding down, probably closer to 10-12mph average.

All in all a super fun day which I really needed after not having much success yet this summer! I've got more work to do on being efficient with the wind and not loosing too much progress while the wind is a bit lighter. The other saving grace is that I had help launching from shore, which definitely made a big difference. I was able to water launch during a gust at the end, but it still took quite a bit of wind before I was able to launch. I think I still need a lot of practice one this front. I'll probably have to wait until the weeds aren't so bad.
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Re: Light wind kite advice

Postby troutuna » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:08 am

I'm so glad I clicked on this conversation. Thanks to everyone for their advice. But especially to grigorib! Thanks to you I ordered the 160 Libre from Real. It arrived quickly and I rode it last night. After struggling to get upwind and to fly thru the frequent lulls on our local lake at 7,000' elevation with my rockered twin tip for the longest time this "door" has made all the frustration and cussing worth it. What a relief to find out it wasn't all me. This board is going to help me get out of the 'plateau' that I've been stuck at!
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