Re: [ksurfschool] Kite Size Comparison
- Thanks for the info. This makes sense. So when a
manufacturer says a kite is 16m, that is the flat
This helps alot.
--- "Kite Power (Sydney)" <sydney@...>
> 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
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> ----- 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,
> the Cabrinha kites where they list the two
> parameters (12m/16m, etc.). I think some of the
> kite manufacturers do the same, so how does one
> compare the kites? I'm looking for light wind
> and I have a Cabrinha BT 15.5/21.5. I want to
> a larger kite (if there is one for light winds)
> and a
> smaller kite. I weight 220lbs. and have two
> directionals. I also have a Wipika 8.5 LTR for
> 20kt. days. Any information will be greatly
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