4921Re: Large bidirectional .vs. diretional for light wind
- Jul 18 9:23 AM--- In email@example.com, "ex_cpe" <wetstuff@i...> wrote:
> .........Did anyone weigh you? Hung - how much wet? I'm one of thefew 'lightwinds fools'
> in my area but I've got about 195lbs of mass to extract from thewater. I kept buying
> larger kites: R20..18M ARC with little improvement. The best gruntykite I have now is a
> R16 with a bar that's about 3' long and a spiffy front tube bridlesetup.
>with them. A 16 for me
> I found the big kites were soooo slow that I could not get any AW
> is faster and I can sine the hell out of it on the long bar - thenmilk the power spikes. My
> rule-of-thumb is: if the kite will go to zenith - I can at least doa downwinder. How's that
> for Jones'n for a kitesurf?newtons it takes to get
> .....but one of us here has to be able to run the math of how many
> my bigass out of the water compared to your lean frame.Jim,
Don't give up hope. I am 125 lbs and used to be "the" lightwind kiter
around here until one winter day this year I was out with my 16m kite
and snowboard and was "out run and out jumped" by a heavier kiter (180
lbs) on a 18m kite and skis. following is his post on our local group:
After today I realized that you hardly need any wind
to have a lot of fun kiteskiing or snowboarding, all
you need is a decent sized kite. I was probably
getting more hang time today on my 18 than I was last
Saturday on the 9.8m. I'm beginning to almost look
forward to these nice light days.
So it's all about using the right set of equipment (and looking for
them to). The same kiter who "out ran" me in light wind on that day
was strugglling the year before with another 19m kite (same set of
skis I believe).
Personally I have used a number of 16m kites and only 1 that I prefer
in light wind.
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