Re: [ksurf] 2001 AR5
Our winds pick up in the Fall due to increased storm activity. During the
summer months, most of our wind activity is generated from thermals off the
Great Salt Lake. The desert south of the Great Salt Lake heats up in the
afternoon drawing cool air off of the lake. We also have some morning
drainage winds off of the mountains. In the fall, we depend more on jet
stream activity to bring us strong winds. The real danger for us is that the
most powerful winds occur around thunderstorms.
Yes, I noticed when I traveled to Maui that I had to reorient myself to wind
speed readings. We do need stronger winds because Utah is at a higher
elevation and the humidity level is low.
Yesterday, was the first day that I flew my 9.5 in over a month. It was nice
to be fully powered again and the jumps were much higher.
I think the 20 M will be a great kite. I have read a lot of posts from
people that were concerned about relaunchability, but I am not concerned. I
will be launching the 20 in perfectly flat water, I found the 15.5 to be very
easy to relaunch, so I am thinking the 20 won't be tough either. I am
excited for the 20 because I had a lot of sessions where the 15.5 had enough
power for me to plane, but not enough to stay upwind or jump.
<< I have tried my 13.5 (don't have a 15.5) on 20 meters, actually that's the
Spectra length only. I assume you are talking the same. With the Longhorn
it's 26 meters with leader. Yeah it's turns real quick.
I should point out, that we need less wind than you, for our kites. Living
at sea level, a wing requires less airspeed to deliver power.
I don't have much experience with it. We are entering our light wind months
now. I should get to use it soon. Our sea breezes end and we need frontal
passages for wind. So now it will be light wind or high wind and not much in
between. Our high winds during frontal passages give the coast a false
reputation for wind. Our wind averages actually drop in the fall.
I want a 20 meter too, for these light days ahead.
> I think the 20 M will be a great kite. I have read a lot of posts fromI
> people that were concerned about relaunchability, but I am not concerned.
> will be launching the 20 in perfectly flat water, I found the 15.5 to bevery
> easy to relaunch, so I am thinking the 20 won't be tough eitherI agree.
I find the kites easy to relaunch in very light winds.