Re: confusion about kite sizes for 2001
- Hey I personally would go with the 11.8, since its a newer design, and
has the reactive bridling system. It also looks 'cooler', but thats
my personal opinion!
--- In email@example.com, nicolas@t... wrote:
> Thnx for the info Jeff,
> I'm wondering whether to go really big, ie 16 VARC or to go 11.8,
> some advice would be nice once anybody sails these.
> Has anybody got a contact at Wipika to ask them directly?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Quick" <jquick1@h...> wrote:
> > This has been very confusing for a few different reasons:
> > 1. There has been talk about the regular 16.0 AR5.7 wipika
> > being equivalent to the Naish 20.5. This has just been heresay,
> > official words from Wipika. In reality, the kite is only maybe 5-
> > bigger than the 15.5 Naish, and the pull is only marginally
> > so there is no way it is equivalent in my book.
> > 2. It is uncertain wether or not the 16.0 AR5.7 PROJECTED (on the
> > link) is a newer larger kite, than the current 16.0 AR5.7 Freeair.
> > personally think they are referring to the SAME kite. That being
> > case, they are definitely using a different method to measure
> > projected area, than Naish was using. The kite however, does
> > but only pulls slightly harder than the 15.5, as stated above.
> > 3. On the subject of a different way of measuring projected area,
> > seen the 11.8 VARC kite, and had it set up against both the 15.5
> > and Wipika FreeAir 16.0, all layed out next to each other in a
> > The 11.8 was slightly bigger, with a little more length on the
> > than the 15.5 and 16.0. It also seemed to perform a bit better,
> > the guy who was using it was still planing while I was sinking
> > the wind dropped...and we weigh about the same, AND he was on a
> > smaller board...definite performance increase AND the backwards
> > relaunching off the water IS the way to go!
> > However, the 11.8 is in no way 11.8 square meters projected area
> > using the older Naish standard.
> > My main concern is finally finding the next kite size up from my
> > Naish/or a 16.0 Wipika freeair (since these kites need atleast 12-
> > MPH of wind to get my ass goin on my litewave dave 157). What
> > happen, is I would be quoted that kite X would be equivalent to a
> > Naish 20.5, when in reality, it doesnt pull that much harder than
> > 15.5
> > The new monster sized kites should be out early 2001, and this
> > delimma will finally be understood.
> > Jeff
> > --- In email@example.com, "Nicolas Theopold" <nicolas@t...>
> > > Hi guys,
> > > just joined the group, seems very informative. One question I
> > have
> > > missed:
> > > there is considerable confusion at my end about the
> > the 16m
> > > Air Blast the Projected size or is it the actual? At wipika.com,
> > they say
> > > they have one with 16m projected. Does anyone have one of those
> > already?
> > > Cheers
> > > Nico
> > > http://www.wipika.com/Pages/newwing.html
> > >
> > >
> > >
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