1665Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
- Jul 5 11:38 PMyou are all talking about 9.3 and 12.5 concept air i have a 6.3 new wave
which a fantasic kite. now need a light wind kite but hear anything bigger
is not to the same standard
>From: Hung Vu <hungvu@...>
>Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
>Date: Fri, Jul 6, 2001, 3:24 am
>> Let's go back to what I was talking about. I agree that foils make
>> sense in moderate/strong winds, but I am not so sure about light wind
> Light wind is where foils excel as in light wind you want a very high
> performance kite and a very light kite. So far only foils and
> C-Quad/Bean can deliver that type of characteristics.
> I have been using the XXXL for more than 2 years (for both kitesurfing
> and kiteskiing) and the Concept Air 12.5 and never have any problem with
> them. Actually, the only "wish" I have is that they should be higher
> performance and lighter (especially for the Concept air 12.5 due to its
> use in even lighter wind)
>> In fact, I am considering buying a couple small foils
>> that I can use for kite surfing and kite skiing. Hung, do you
>> recommend the JoJo? If so, why?
> The only two medium/strong wind foils I ever flown are the New Wave 4.9
> and the Jojo Rage 4.0 . So far they both work well. The Jojo Rage is a
> higher performance one. Concept Air used to make the EX's Wave which is
> of the same performance caliber as the Jojo Rage.
> The reason I think medium/strong wind foil is of appeal for me is my
> desire of jumping higher and the ability of using the same kite for both
> kitesurfing and kiteskiing.
>> It is not such a big deal when your small kite folds. However, when
>> it happens on a 3-line 9.3 New Wave and the kite finally decides to
>> respond and open up 5 feet above the water with the lines twisted a
>> couple times - WATCH OUT!!! You are going to get seriously dragged.
> If you use handle, just play with the brake lines to stall the kite. If
> you use bar, pull on the center line to keep the kite under control.
> It's easier to keep the kite under control and it fly whenever you are
> ready. If worse come to worse, just drop the bar, you can relaunch the
> kite later on with more control.
>> My 9.3 New Wave did take on water during lulls of more than a few
>> minutes and would not relaunch.
> It's true that if you have the lulls less than 5 knots for a few
> minutes, most foils would absorb so much water and won't relaunch. If
> you go out in such light wind and want the ability to relaunch more
> reliable, foils with inflatable cells such as the Mosquito and the Jojo
> Wet is better.
> I always use opened cell foils for light wind due to the closed cell
> effect which make closed-cell foil not as good as opened cell foil in
> light and gusty wind.
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