11985[ksurf] More on Apparent Wind
- Mar 31, 2000The Positive on Apparent Wind: It can be used on light wind days to
pull riders around in wind that seems a bit too light.
The Negative on apparent wind: The higher the apparent wind on the
kite, the less upwind the rider will go. The rider will be referencing
the objects around him or her, but the kite will be referencing the
wind it is flying through. The more apparent wind, the more the kite
backs up from the perspective of the rider. To the kite, it is still
on the edge of the window.
Since a rider's cruising speed is roughly hard set (lets say 15-25 MPH
under a slight railing load, not flat), the closer the wind is to this
speed, the higher upwind the rider can potentially go because the
apparent wind will be less and less. And it is even better if the wind
is faster than this cruising speed...of course this is up to a point.
When the wind is too high, the kite is all over the place, as well as
the annoying chop. And chop doesn't contribute to upwind ability in my
opinion. Nor does being overpowered.
So a general idea is:
-The stronger the wind (with a smaller kite of course) the more upwind
the rider can theoretically go.
-The lighter the wind, the less upwind the rider can theoretically go.
Sounds pretty elementary and simple, but is a real concept for riders
with larger kites who have to ride in light wind...the upwind potential
isn't as great.
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