my 3.3m HQ Kite out in the storm Saturday and Sunday using my ice buggy.
The wind was always at least 50km with gusts up to 90km.
Traveling across the lake was very fast. The kite stayed locked in most of
the time, even in gusts. One thing I did notice was that I had to
fly the kite lower than usual, as I found it had a tendency to take the weight
off my inside blade if I flew it high. When this happened, the back end
would slide sideways a bit. Counter steering corrected it, but made me feel less
over bumps in the ice, made by snowmobiles can be treacherous. As soon as
the rear blades come off the ice, depending on how close to perpendicular you're
going to the wind, the buggy will spin out on you.
a skiier, I feel more comfortable going fast on skis. But I couldn't image
going as fast as I was on the buggy. A full faced motorcycle
helmet with shield is a must for cold strong winds!!! (and keeping my skull in
have any tips for landing a foil in strong winds? That thing just kept
taking off on me. By the time I managed to get it under control, my lines
were so tangled, I wouldn't have been able to continue if I wanted
kite, experienced a minor tear where one of the bridle lines are attached.
I've managed to patch/sew the area. I imagine I'll find out soon enough if
the patch job was sufficient. This particular kite is known to
explode at the sign of any little defect. I had one last summer that had 2
cells on both ends blow off. Maybe there was too much force on the outside
bridle lines. Either way,the Manufacturer replaced it, no questions asked.
B.T.W. It might be useful to have little strings attaching your
mittens to your jacket on windy days( just like you're mom used to make you wear
as a kid). I spent 45 minutes Sunday afternoon walking the length of the
lake in search of a glove that got away from me.
had a wonderful time with the "largest kite for
had a chance today to kiteski with the
"smallest kite for
The condition is "crazy": almost pure ice with
"nuclear" wind (25+
knots, peak gusts 48+ knots). My Wipika Classic
is simply too large for
this condition - all other kiteskiers use 1 - 2 m2
foils (worse, I have
have recently changed it to a 4 liner without having
the chance to tune
it). Peter lent me his newly made 1.6 m2 "storm"
foil that he made
recently just for testing our "changing of angle of
concept. This is a rare condition and we learned a
number of lessons:
1- 30+ knots wind and and -27C wind-chill is not the
to tune a kite
2- 30 m lines are simply too long in
this "nuclear" condition (even for
a 1.6 m2 foil)
3- I attached the 2
leader lines on the control bar directly to the 3.5
and manage to sail
great except that I can't control the kite very well
due to its lack of a 2
line bridal system. With the bridal I would say
that this is probably
the best rig for the condition.
4- We changed the lines on Peter's 1.6 m2
foil to 10 m line and it
worked great (much less unanticipated power
rush). When the wind start
to get over 25+ knots, it's best to keep
the same kite size and drop the
line length instead.
without a safety leash is "psychologically" slow! My
refuses to "take it to the limit" without knowing a way to
"bail out" in
the worst situation.
We quitted when even 10m lines on a 1.6 m2 foil
became too much!!!
P.S. I have just put the 2 line bridal system back
on my Wipika 3.5 to
wait for the next time... Kiting with 0m