just came back from the US open in Corpus Christy where we had a week of
exhibition and training...
been consistently flying the ATK900 in winds around 4 knots (4 knots average
with holes at 2 knots) in front of the US open racers who enjoyed, eventually
with envy the spectacle. Elliot Leboe, Lou Wainman and Raphael Salles were
jumping in light winds (6 knots and above).
in those conditions require a good technique. Keep in mind that although
our riders can water start such a large wing as shown during the event (in light
conditions 6 knots minimum) it is not an easy thing for a beginner or and even
most intermediate riders.
resume, our F-One ATK900 will fly in an average of 4 knots and could be
water started in 6 knots.
hope one day, eventually in the near future, to be able to do the same in a
average of 2 knots...
I went out today again in another light wind day just to experiment how light a wind I can use my equipment (Wipika 8.5 m2 and FOne 230). Just before I started, my wind meter measured 5 knots with gust to 7 knots. I was doing alright, not a lot of fun but alright as long as I can keep the kite moving non stop. At under 5 knots the kite simply stall and fall.
As the Wipika kite can only fly with wind higher than 5 knots, I guess 5 knots is the lowest wind speed you can use the Wipika type of kite (including the Naish kite which is simply a Wipika clone) regardless of the size of the kite.
To kitesurf in 2 - X knots of wind we would need a type of kite that can fly starting from 2 knots of wind. I am just wondering what is the lowest wind the KiteSki, FOne, Concept Air and the C-Quad kites can fly? How about the other kites: Quadrifoil, Flexifoil, etc. ?
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