knotwindy wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:36 pm
Of course going from a tt to a hydrofoil is going to make a huge difference. But that is not, I think, what the op was asking. Which will make a bigger difference, switching from one tt to another tt or switching kites is the question? If this is the question then probably kite changes it more.
Not if you consider the full range of board design.
It actually balances out. Perfect 12m wind for an 80kg rider, but the kite sucks at upwind > no upwind.
Same situation going to a too small and highly rockered TT > no upwind.
Same situation going to a too big LW TT > extreme upwind..... but no fun.
Same situation with a really good upwind kite that doesn't drift for wave riding > again, no fun.
I think we all fail to recognize the range available with usable gear in kiteboarding. So many other sports, especially windsurfing, had extreme constraints on the gear for a given condition. You could never windsurf, prone surf, SUP, or skimboard, just any old piece of plywood flotsam. But you can kite it.