Re: [ksurf] Lightwind legend.
I also have the xxl, but I weigh 230lbs. So I use the psycho 1 15.5 or the
new psycho II 26.0 with a very big twin tip that I made out of marine
plywood. It is 6'4" tall and 2'2" wide. It has 2 sets of straps, one on the edge
for carving in strong winds and one in the middle for going home when the wind
dies. I also have the old f-one 230. I find that most of it is out of the
water so how can it be helping as much.
The plywood board is okume, 9 mm or 3/8" and 7 or 9 plys. It is very smooth,
no voids and very strong and flexible. The stronger the wind the more it
I have been out in 8 mph with no one else around. It is very nice and smooth.
At the very limits it is all about keeping the kite moving and in the air,
though I did relaunch the 26 in about 10 knots the other night. I had to
keep pulling on the centerline to get it up to clean air. I took in about 15
feet of line and then let it out slowly as the kite got filled up.
My other light wind trick for launching the flysurfers, kitesurfers, f-one
and peter Lynn arcs, I also have the 19 venom but have not had a chance to use
it much, is to pre-inflate with a gas or battery powered leaf blower.
Light wind kiting is very challenging, builds excellent skills and is safe!.
big boards require less kite and that also means safe.
I do not remember any accidents in 10 to 12 mph that involved huge loftings
I am working on an even bigger board for beginners, about 7' by 2' 6" that
way they will get up in hardly any wind and coast though the lulls and
inevitable mistakes. This would make it like snow kiteboarding where it works on
the first day. You don't fall back into the water, you just slow down or stop.
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