Gaastra GXR 16.5 M' - 2003
- I tried today the 16.5m' GXR (Gaastra kites 2003).
Usually I am riding the Takoon Scoop's and FlySurfer's (and part time
I had only 40 minutes to learn the kite (27m' lines and 1999 wipika
longest bar 4 line).
Naish 144 wakeboard + Naish bindings (first time trying the board
usually I ride the Hazmat).
Wind very gusty 15 to 20 knots, flat water.
Someone wrote that the kite doesn't go well upwind, I never got with
any other kite better upwind riding, people that have been on the
shore where amaze from the upwind performance. but let be far the
wake board helped a lot with that.
The kite is not as stable as I did read in some forums it have the
tendency to run over had and back, very sensitive to bar presure. the
kite is not the fastest around but it is a very strong machine, you
feel the power in first minute and it have the tendency to lift you
out from the water.
I didn't tried big jumps (I didn't feel safe with the bindings) but
very easy to make long distance floaty jumps 1 m' high for 15-20 m'
The depower is good I cant see any less range from the X2 I could
handle another 5 knots with no problems (I am 85 kg').
The built is great really bullet proof, the material feels good, like
all 2003 kites.
I am sure that next time I will find more advantages in the kite.