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Re: Shorter lines for stronger wind.

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  • hungvuatnetcomdotca
    It s more the larger wind window and maybe faster reception and reaction time. There were some reel bar on the market; however, the cimplicity of the normal
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      It's more the larger wind window and maybe faster reception and
      reaction time.

      There were some reel bar on the market; however, the cimplicity of the
      normal bar seems to win the battle.

      Hung.

      --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, "russt4" <russt@a...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Hung, I've been thinking about different length lines and reel
      > bars and suchlike. Got a few questions:
      >
      > 1) I can imagine two reasons why longer lines might give more power.
      > First is that the wind is typically stronger as you gain in
      > altitude. Looking over various sites that give information on this,
      > though, it seems that the difference in wind speed is pretty minor,
      > maybe only 10% from 30m to 50m lines. Another possible reason could
      > be that the increased length allows a larger amplitude sining of the
      > kite before you have to turn it around. This allows more speed of
      > the kite and hence more power. Any ideas on which of these reasons
      > is more important? Or are there others that I'm overlooking?
      >
      > 2) Can't seem to find any manufacturers of reel bars for kitesurfing
      > anymore. Does anybody know of any? Why have they all gone out of
      > business?
      >
      > Cheers, and thanks for the great kitesurfschool.org site!
      > -Russ
      >
      >
      > --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, Hung Vu <hungvu2000@r...> wrote:
      > > The water is very cold now and I was surpirse to see a few kiters
      > out at
      > > Britannia around 3:00PM today.
      > >
      > > By the time I got my equipment to the beach around 4 something, the
      > wind
      > > picked up to pretty strong.
      > >
      > > I rigged a 5.0, launched it and was overpowered, not that
      > overpowered
      > > but since I was a bit out-of-shape, I decided to drop it to use
      > shorter
      > > lines.
      > >
      > > So I rerigged the kite with 20m lines and was pretty comfortable
      > with
      > > the condition (average 30 to 35 knots and gust 40 to 45 knots) and
      > ride
      > > until dark.
      > >
      > > I suspect the drop from 25m to 20m lines more or less make my 5.0
      > acts
      > > like a 4.0
      > >
      > > P.S., Normally I don't kitesurf after Haloween so this is an
      > exception
      > > for me.
      > >
      > > Hung.
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