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Re: [ksurfschool] Kite Size Comparison

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  • George Sarris
    Thanks for the info. This makes sense. So when a manufacturer says a kite is 16m, that is the flat area. This helps alot. Thanks again. ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 3, 2003
      Thanks for the info. This makes sense. So when a
      manufacturer says a kite is 16m, that is the flat
      area.
      This helps alot.

      Thanks again.
      --- "Kite Power (Sydney)" <sydney@...>
      wrote:
      > Hi Jake,
      > A quick insight to kite size comparisons...
      > I am unsure whether you understand the difference
      > between projected and flat area sizing. Projected
      > area is the effective sail area while the kite is
      > flying, which is smaller than the flat area - the
      > kite is laid out (deflated) on the ground.
      >
      > In general 12m projected is equivalent to 16m flat.
      > (Most manufacturers label their kites with the flat
      > sizing) This now includes Cabrinha.
      >
      > Few people fly kites larger than 16m flat - those
      > that do find the 18m & 20m flat sizes pull like Mac
      > Trucks. For a 80-100kg person the wind range for an
      > 18m would be between 12 - 18kts and 10 - 16kts for
      > the 20m.
      >
      > The wind range varies depending on the board you
      > use, as it is possible to hold down more power with
      > a smaller board.
      >
      > With your big floaty directional boards, you may be
      > able to bring down the low-end of the wind range.
      > However at the high-end of the wind range, there are
      > issues about holding the rail low enough in the
      > water to allow appropriate kite loading prior to
      > jumps.
      >
      > Cheers
      > Tim
      > kitepower.com.au
      > 9529 6894
      > 302 The Grand Pde
      > Sans Souci 2219
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: George Sarris
      > To: FKSA ; KSURFSCHOOL
      > Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2003 8:27 AM
      > Subject: [ksurfschool] Kite Size Comparison
      >
      >
      > I am confused about the sizes of kites,
      > specifically
      > the Cabrinha kites where they list the two
      > different
      > parameters (12m/16m, etc.). I think some of the
      > other
      > kite manufacturers do the same, so how does one
      > compare the kites? I'm looking for light wind
      > kites
      > and I have a Cabrinha BT 15.5/21.5. I want to
      > obtain
      > a larger kite (if there is one for light winds)
      > and a
      > smaller kite. I weight 220lbs. and have two
      > floaty
      > directionals. I also have a Wipika 8.5 LTR for
      > the
      > 20kt. days. Any information will be greatly
      > appreciated.
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Jake
      >
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