Re: Progressive kite 3 killer questions
- I agree with Dwight's recommendations concerning kites.
Regarding the 69 Lightwave. I am a true believer in this board. It
is worth paying extra for this board for two reasons. 1. It is
incredibly durable. 2. The bottom surface of the board (called
durasurf) is P-Tex, just like a good pair of skis or a snowboard.
This board feels so smooth on the water, better than any other board
I have tried.
> > Dwight et al
> > Im going to choose a progressive kite for learning on 2/4 line
> > I weigh 85 kg, windsurfed for years and have already flown andbody dragged
> > for a few days with the Free Air 6.5, 11.5 and a Torque 8.8 -and flown the
> > small Flexi 6 for the last 6 months.8.5 or R3
> > Oh yeah - And Im looking to get good fast!
> > My poss Kite choice is the predictable trio of FreeAir 8.9, CO2
> > 9/11mmaybe I
> > Now to the three killer questions:
> > 1) The R3 9m has a projected area of just approx 6.6m right? So
> > need to be looking at the 11m to get the same power as the Wipior Co2??
> > But in the UK kitesurf mag the R3 9m was reviewed as beingmarginally more
> > powerful than the Co2 8.5. Is power just a function of projarea?? Damn
> > stupid sizing!power like the high aspect kites,
> The lower aspect kites don't have a great difference in sizing vs
> so don't worry too much about the numbers.the kite
> > 2) The CO2 has the best looking bar setup easily but what about
> > itself ie the flight and construction? Both the R3 and FreeAirhave
> > substantial "leather like" reinforcements on the leading strut.The co2
> > has tiny (1cm wide x 7cm long) strips of covered foam? Anythoughts?? The
> > Co2 also uses non-return valves would these be a bonus or apain??
>they are not worth having. These
> Non returns valves are not needed. Once you get the technique down,
> tiny strips are hurting CO2 sales here too. I have not flown theNaish or Cabrinha.
> > 3) The Wipi FreeAir looks well made and has top feedback from the
> > but the bar etc *looks* pretty amateurish compared to the othertwo. Is
> > this important? Does it function well ?? (I have to buy allthree options
> > complete with bars etc I cannot do kite only)without the bar, Cabrinha and Naish
> The crappy bar doesn't matter because Wipika will sell the kite
> won't. This makes the Wipika a better investment. When you buy yoursecond kite you save money by
> not buying lines and bars. When you buy your first Wipika you buy atop of the line bar like a Air
> Rush or Davinci. Our local kite shops packages all Wipikas with topnotch bars and lines.
>another good twin tip.
> > PS
> > Is the Lightwave 69 worth the extra cash??
> I didn't think the Litewave was priced any higher than F-One,
> > Best Regards,
> > Steven
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