Re: Need Opinions on Concept Air kites
- If it's the New Wave and it's cheap enough then buy it. Cheap is very
cheap say US$100-200. It will be a pretty good first foil. Very
stable, very easy to relaunch. It will require a fair amount of skill
to get the full range out of it but for beginner fumblings it will be
If it is the Wave Ex and you're not prepared to suffer then do not
buy it unless it is a throw away price US$50. You can kitesurf with
the Wave Ex but keeping it in the air and relaunching and range are
all a bit iffy. They do however pull like a truck.
The good thing about foils is that with a bit of research and some
effort with some rope and a couple of pulleys and a sewing machine
you can improve them. The New Wave would be a pretty good platform
for a few improvements.
- I 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