Re: Help on next kite, supersized! REVISED>>>
Yes, the big kites are worth it. I own a 16 MastAir and a 16.4
Wipika Airblast. I had a 21.5 ARX, but sold it. Remember the 16.4
AB and the 16 MastAir are equivalent to a 22 in Naish sizing
I ride almost exclusively on the big kites and I can tell you that
it is a blast. You can ride on smooth water on a small board with a
big kite. I am a big fan of the 16.4 AirBlast for the following
1. It has a high AR so you can actually jump with the kite.
Usually, the jumps are low and long, but you can get some good
heighth in a gust. Jumps can exceed 200 feet in distance.
2. You can sine it in very light winds, but most of the time you
park it and ride.
3. It is relaunchable. I did a session the other day with 6 lulls
that required me to relaunch the kite and the 16.4 worked perfectly.
4. A 4 line inflatable is the way to go. I get more range with the
16.4 AB than the MastAir. I can stay out on the water when my
friend is on his 13.5 Naish.
I have tried the route of using an oversized board and a smaller
kite. Let me assure you, a big kite and a smaller board is a whole
lot more fun.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "jamisdiablo69" <slarmee@4...> wrote:
> Sorry folks, sounds like I wasn't clear enough about my level and
> what I'm trying to find out. I have been flying kites for over
> years now, moved from stunt to power kites a year ago, and have
> kites as big as the 18 MachOnes without problem, powered and yes,
> scary at times. However, I am not uncomfortable or unaware of
> I'm doing with big kites and light wind. I know relaunching at
> sizes is near impossible and is not really a concern as much right
> now as at least being able to get out and ride. I only mentioned
> week in Hatteras so you'd know that my only experience isn't just
> here in NE in light, fluky wind. I rode down there, upwind, down
> in some serious powered up conditions that made the litewave I was
> riding on with an Aero 10 unmanageable! And I weigh 200!
> ANyway, my point is I have experience, not years and years like
> most of you at least in windsurfing, but I do know well what I'm
> doing. I was just really hoping to find out if the 20M kite is
> really worth it or not when compared to a 16 Rhino or something
> a hydro 11 or 13. I mean, for only $100 I "could" have a kite I
> more often than a 16M in my area of light winds. But I wanted to
> if anyone had experience with the 20M sized kites in light wind,
> exactly how much of a pain in the ass are they in terms of having
> keep moving and sining, and how they compare with a 9 or 12M foil,
> which I know is also slow and a pain to work in the light wind,
> it is the first kite go to when the wind is lightest and I'd
> put up a four liner. Higher AR I can get used to pretty quick in
> terms of flying, relaunching may take longer but again, I'm out in
> shallow water all the time and grabbing the downed Airbus isn't
> really that big of a pain in the ass where I am as it would be in
> most spots.
> So, all I want to know is opinions on large inflats. and if
> really ever worth it or do I just go with a 16M and wait for more
> wind...? I know whats probably best, but lonr=term, as I improve
> imagine I could also hold a 20M kite with a nice, small hard-
> wakeboard in bindings a lot longer than I can now...
> plz help, thanks! I know the warriors and mastairs are out there
> but until I can actually try one to compare to the shadow I'm used
> I ain't gonna go drop $1000 on one!
> Thanks again!
> --- In ksurfschool@y..., "jamisdiablo69" <slarmee@4...> wrote:
> > Beginner rider, just spent a week in Hatteras learning basics.
> > very comfortable flying the large kites, foil and inflat. and I
> > a larger light wind kite, although I want to try and get a
> > used one to save some dough. I weigh 200 lbs, and winds are
> > 10-20 mph. I have smaller kites already for the high end, just
> > looking for something to keep me powered up in and around 10-5
> > Riding on a large Bic or Litewave board usually, then a HanaCrew
> > smaller.
> > Considering good deals on the following: 15.5BT '02 model, kite
> > $750.
> > Rhino 16M, '02, kite only, $650
> > Or Aero 20M, '02, kite only, $750
> > ANy advice or any other good deals I'm missing anyone know about?
> > Just not sure if I should spend the extra to go to an 18 or 20,
> > stick with a slightly safer, smaller 16M...?
> > Thanks!