How can a kite depower more than another???
- This question has puzzled me in the past and for sure to the others.
Without going in to details, it's all about the positioning of the front
lines and back lines relative to the Center of Pressure (COP) or Center
of Force (COF) of the kite.
But the COP is also changing based on the position of the kite, the wind
speed and also the shape and curve of the struts (including the very end
struts - this is why ALL modern kites have end struts). It is also
dependent on the length of the end strut comparing to the middle strut.
While a kite is flying, these elements are constantly changing such that
a kite with the right variables can generate a "MACRO" feeling of
capable of depowering more than the others.
Normally, a kite that can depower more can also overfly more but that
can be fixed by some characteristics of the struts and that in turn
makes the kite slightly less efficient and that in turn needs ....
(over most people head now ;-)
To sum up, these variables are so subtle and so "vast" that a kite will
always deliver a MACRO feeling of depowering differently than another.
That's the beauty of this sport, no matter what you fly, you WILL BE
DIFFERENT than another kitesurfer unless she/he is flying the same kite
of the same age as you are.