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1131RE: [ksurfschool] Free Air2000 vs Free Air2001

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  • Farnsworth, Kenny
    Feb 6, 2001
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      JD,

      I would not launch my 16M in 18 knots of wind, but if I was out on the water
      and the wind kicked up that fast, I would not go into shore. I would go for
      some big air and blast upwind in the trim loop. Honestly, above 16 knots I
      would probably launch a smaller kite (your 8.5 would be ideal).

      Kenny

      -----Original Message-----
      From: John Deane [mailto:jdeane@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 4:49 AM
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Free Air2000 vs Free Air2001


      Kenny
      Tks for yr reply - just got around to seeing it now. I have to admit the
      thought of a 16m in 18 knots with gusts is pretty daunting - my 8.5 is a
      handful in that kind of wind. Maybe I need a little more practice first.
      Tks
      JD

      -----Original Message-----
      From: kennyfarnsworth@... <kennyfarnsworth@...>
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com <ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: 03 February 2001 9:59
      Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Free Air2000 vs Free Air2001


      >JD,
      >
      >I weight about the same as you (80 kg). For the conditions you describe a
      >16M FreeAir or the new Airblast 11.8 (approx. the same size) will cover the
      >entire range. It may be more power than you are used to but you can use
      the
      >trim loop when the wind is above 15 knots and you won't have to sit on the
      >beach when the wind drops to 10 knots. Last summer, I used a 15.5 AR-5 in
      >conditions ranging from 10 - 22 knots. The only thing I didn't like about
      >the 15.5 is that it is a slow kite. I just sold it last week and I ordered
      a
      >11.8 AirBlast to replace it. I personally recommend getting the AirBlast
      >because of the reverse relaunching capability. The 15.5 was sometimes a
      pain
      >to relaunch and it took a while. I hope that helps.
      >
      >Kenny
      >
      ><< I've been using a Wipika classic 8.5 which I want to sell soon while
      it's
      > still worth something. I weigh around 83 kilos. So the days when the wind
      > was 12-18 knots, I was able to get out. BUT, I spent about half my time
      > sitting around waiting either for the wind to pick up or die down. The
      wind
      > range is around 8 - 24 knots. I'd like to try to get by with 2 kites
      rather
      > than 3 as money is an issue. I'm ready to get a brand new Free Air (but
      > don't know if 2000 or 2001 model) or Airblast but for the 2nd kite I'll
      look
      > for something 2nd hand. Problem is, which sizes?
      > I've seen 11.5 AR5s around 2nd hand but I'm not sure about their wind
      range.
      > Do you think a kite around the 11m range and one around 7m would cover the
      > 8-24 knot range?
      > Thanks for yr help.
      > JD >>
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