[ksurf] Re: EX'S Wave vs. KiteSurfer Foil
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Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 6:13 AM
Subject: [ksurf] EX'S Wave vs. KiteSurfer Foil
| I'm new to the sport and I'm considering these two foils for
| I'm looking for personal experiences (and I don't expect anyone to have
| experience with both for a true C&C)with these kites. I understand that
| these may not be the kites to learn with, but I'm pretty spoiled with
| high AR foils for land use and expect quick response and efficency.
| Do they relaunch as well as advertised (considering their higher AR)?
I find the EXS relaunches about 50/50 when you go out in wind so light you
can bearly stand up on the board. I am talking about wind so light you can't
lean back in your harness. In wind strong enough to lean against the harness
it relaunches 99.9% of the time. I go out in too light a wind because I love
it and am stupid. The smaller the kite the easier to relaunch.
| Bridle complexity and tangles?
Not an issue.
| Closed valve technology performance - do they puff up quick and hold
It is not quick, but it is easy. With four lines the kite flies easily,
under inflated, using the brakes.
| How many valves? - are there any soft spots or other areas that don't
| inflate well?
| How well does water drain if it does get in?
It rains for a while after relaunch.
| Which one is higher aspect?
| Size vs. wind issues? - I'm thinking of starting out with the 4.8m or
| XL for medium wind. Is this a good size to start with?
Around here the 4.8 is the most popular size for starting out. 12-20 mph
Should I go with
| a larger size and brake more often when winds get stronger?
Not in my opinion.
| Do you use standard quad handles or special booms for four lines?
We fly handles. They come with 30m lines.
These experiences are based on 3 months with the EXS kites. Most of us here
are self taught, except for a simple how-to lesson on rigging and derigging.
There are about 10 of us along the lower Carolina coast.