62077Re: Need Opinions on Concept Air kites
- Nov 2, 2002I use The New Wave 9.3, 6.3 and 4.9. I really enjoy them. The only
durability problem I have had is a small seam tear from not
being careful picking the kite up with water in it. I have not used
anything else so I cannot comment on how much better anything else is
but I have enjoyed using them. I launch and land them myself in the
water as there is no beach to launch from here. As long as I can
stand in the water far enough out to drift launch I can solo launch
the kites. I have used them in Florida a number of times and find I
enjoy them even more there, as the wind is very gusty where I live
and much more steady in Florida on the Gulf beaches.
I use the third line to power up and depower the kite quite a lot. I
do not use the adjustment strap. Instead I grab the strap and pull it
to the bar with one hand. I slide my hand back and forth along the
bar with the strap to power up and down quickly. This way I can
instantly release the considerable extra pull if I get over powered
in a gust.
I also use the kites on the snow and I find they are great for that
As a beginner, I think you will find the slower speed of the kite
easier to deal with. The kite also parks easily especially with some
pull on the third line. I would be careful of not going out over
powered as a beginner as I have found that once overpowered with the
9.3 New Wave things get out of hand quickly.
Very powered up I find it easier to keep the kite high rather than
low. I find it easier to keep my speed down that way. It is the
opposite to what I read on the list but it works for me with my
--- In kitesurf@y..., "jonl355" <JonL355@a...> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm poised to take the plunge and buy a used 9M Concept Air kite.
> However, before I do , I'd like your opinions on these kites.
> I'm a beginner at kitesurfing and was looking for a kite that will
> get me on the water in our light Florida winds. I want good
> performance but I have no ambitions on anything more than weekend
> recreation at this sport.
> Any opinions, experience, or insights on the Concept Air kite would
> be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks All
> Jon Lees
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