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32[ksurfschool] Re: Kite size?

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  • Martyn_Gilson-1@sbphrd.com
    Jan 10, 2000
      Hi Dave,

      I live in the UK where there are crystal clear, warm blue water, beautifully
      clean 6 foot faces and a constant force 2 in the morning, picking up to a force
      5 each and every afternoon. I wish......

      I am now living near the east coast but being a small island, the south coast
      (which is nice) is pretty near for a weekend. The only way to explain the
      conditions is unpredictable and it is purely a case of watching the weather
      forecast and hoping.

      The only reason why I was recommended a inflatable is that it can be relaunched
      easily, it is easy to manage, (no canopy) and, I was told, easy to control. I
      would imagine that being a learner I would be ditching the kite in the sea quite
      often but there are people that say they rarely crashed it even as learners.

      It seems to me that it is purely a matter of preference and of conditions. I am
      getting a great deal on a Naish, (friend of a windsurf shop owner), and I will
      go for the 7m kite. I do accept that I will need a smaller/different kite in
      the future but, as you mention, not until I can fly the kite well in low winds.

      I really appreciate your advice and I am sure there will be a few more questions
      coming your way. I hope to get the kite by next weekend and visit my brother in
      Wales to give it the first go. Judging by the weather today, I may have to
      break the ice before I get in! Why wasn't I born in a hot country?!


      theraves@... on 07-Jan-2000 23:50

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      Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Kite size?

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      From: <Martyn_Gilson-1@...>
      To: <ksurfschool@egroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, January 07, 2000 5:10 AM
      Subject: [ksurfschool] Kite size?

      > Hi,
      > I am very new to Kitesurfing but I can windsurf, carve gybes, waterstarts
      > so I understand the 'wind'...
      > I recently had a go on my brothers FOne 6.5m kite and thought it was a
      > sail. I have the opportunity to purchase a Naish kite and I would like
      > advice on what size to buy.

      Where do you live and what's the wind like? I'll risk flames by making a
      broad generalization: IMHO the inflatables are best suited to high wind
      areas. Reason: they fly like crap and need the wind to stay in the air.
      Foils work way better in lower wind and the 4-liners are way easier to
      control. There's also a lot of propaganda out there that "inflatables are
      easier to learn," "better suited to beginners" etc. I think it's a lot of
      crap. This means that a kiteschool can get you out in a day or 2. But
      don't think you'll really be a good flier. Take the time to really learn to

      > Naish make a 5m and a 7 m and nothing in between. I am 85 kg, (OK after
      > Christmas possible 88kg) and my brother who is also learning, recommends
      the 7m
      > Naish "because it is not as powerful as his Fone 6.5m" (my brother is
      > 105kgs and a better widsurfer).

      As far as the Naish, unless you live in an nuclear wind area go for the
      bigger one. Accept that you'll end up with several kites, the issue is just
      where to start. Your brother4's right, the 7m Naish is about like a 5m
      foil, which isn't so big.

      > Naish quote that the wind rages for both sails are similar; 5m 12-25; 7m
      > knots (for a 80kg person). I have my reservations on a 7m sail especially
      > reading kite school information (which I think is great). It seems
      obvious that
      > it is better to be underpowered and develop your own power by making the
      > fly faster, as explained by sine waves, rather than holding on for your
      life and
      > being dragged down wind 50m each fall.

      Being underpowered makes things way harder to learn. There's a limit to
      how much power you can generate.

      > It seems that a smaller sail is more versatile because it is faster,
      > more powerful in a bigger wind range.

      No - a small kite is useless in low winds. Again - what are prevailing
      conditions where ever you are?

      Hope this helped a little,


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