4280Re: Very light wind kitesurfing
- Jun 30, 2003Hi HV,
We are getting better and better at stacking Peter Lynn ARCs here in
Chicago for light wind riding. In winds 8-10, I can get overpowered
stacking an 18 and 13m ARC together on 30m lines with 10m extensions.
Today, I'm using a Slingshot LFT (little fat twin) board, which is
only 167cm long, but its fat and floaty (and also 49cm wide).
The width helps in planing a lot. Never seen a XXXL but may check it
out one day.
--- In email@example.com, Hung Vu <hungvu@n...> wrote:
> Every year around this time, I start to rediscover very light wind
> kitesurfing again.
> Our summer wind is very light around 3 - 10 knots.
> I went out today with a XXXL and FOne 230, cranking in wind under
> knots and managed to make some jumps too (two other kiters rigged
> inflatable but did not have a chance to go out).
> I have used several different combinations in the past and the
> FOne 230 is an excellent combination for this very light wind.
> The main reason I like the XXXL foil is that it is made of very
> material (Icarex 38?) and lighter kites work better in very light
> (I like to have an XXXXL but don't think they make one).
> The main reason I like the FOne 230 is its ability to get planning
> and sustain planning AMAP (As Much As Possible).
> I have rigged the XXXL with a foil/sled system with 30m lines. This
> system should allow me to use the XXXL from 5-6 up to 18 knots
> end untested, just theory for now).
> P.S. Very light wind kitesurfing (under 10 knots) should be a part
> all kitesurfing competitions. Now a day, all bystanders normally
> kitesurfing in moderate to strong wind as normal (and probably get
> of all the twisted tricks) but are always amazed that some special
> kitesurfers can go very fast and jump in wind less than 10 knots.
> P.P.S. Very light wind kitesurfing is a lot of fun (one of the
> is to answer all the questions when you get to the beach).
> P.P.P.S. Jumping and controlling a board as large as the FONE 230
> very challenging!
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