Buzz Robert A Bezzina wrote:
> and a large Wipika kite that give you at least 8 m2 PROJECTED SURFACE
> (The Wipika FreeAir VARC 8.9 or 11.5 - not the old Free Air).
> OK, FIRSTLY IS THE WIPIKA AN INFLATABLE ?
> AND, WHAT DOES 'ARC' (& VARC) ACTUALLY STAND FOR ?
Wipika is an inlfatable (actually, they invented it :-)
VARC stands for Variable Aspect Ratio Concept (this means that you get
different aspect ratios for different kite size - may be Chris can put
VARC in our glossary at http://members.attcanada.ca/~hungvu/glossary.htm
for the next update :))
> When you get better you can add the Wipika Airblast 16.4 to your
> quiver. Voila, allez flysurf!
> THANX, I REALISE I'M GUNNA HAVE TO GET DRAGGED ALONG A BEACH FOR A
> FEWS DAYS FIRST BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO TRY THE BOARD AS WELL...
> (ACTUALLY, WE DON'T HAVE VERY WIDE BEACHES HERE - LOTS OF SHALLOW
> WATER THOUGH WHICH SHOULD BE GREAT LATER ON FOR LEARNING WITH THE
> ALSO, WHAT ABOUT THE NAISH KITES ? THE ONLY REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE I
> CAN GET A REALLY GOOD DEAL ON A COUPLE OF LAST YEARS MODELS, SO
> THOUGHT IT'S BE BETTER TO TRASH A LESS EXPENSIVE ONE FIRST ???
They should be fine too! However, for very light wind the AirBlast is
slightly better (higher AR and reverse relaunch). I am thinking of
getting an AirBlast 16.4 myself this summer (I have to start saving
money for it now :-(
> Concept Air have been promising this 12 m2 New Wave for a while and
> you may want to check with them to see whether they have it. If this
> is the case, you can go for the New Wave 9.3 and then 12 later.
> SOUNDS GOOD ( especailly if they do eventually make a 12m2) ... IS THE
> CONCEPT NEW WAVE AN INFLATABLE ?
All the Concept Air kites are foils. I heard a "rumor" that Concept Air
have shipped and is making the EX's Wave 12.5 m2 (now, that's a kite)
> PS: one last question: do you have handy the wipika URL ?
www.wipika.com and URL's for most kitesurfing manufacturers (Wipika,
Concept Air, etc.):