SS Machine 20.5
- View SourceWell I finally got out on my new 20.5 machine today. When I got to the
beach I measured 8G12 kts out of the SW. The wind stayed up until
after dark when I measured a steady 12 kts. The wind was nice and even
with no sudden gusts or turbulence.
My first impressions of the Machine are favorable. The kite was very
well behaved in the air. It would fly overhead hands off no problem.
It also was very flyable in the lulls, and did not fold up or fall out
of the sky. It was easy to keep it flying until the wind kicked up
again. It sits back in the wind window in a lull, and never overflew
me, like my Wipika tends to do.
Out in the water, I was somewhat disappointed with the supposed light
wind weapon. I was not able to really get going on my 6'6" directional
board. The kite was very slow to come over the top for a start, even
with the bar turned 90 degrees, so it had no power there. By the time
the kite started pulling on the down stroke, it was time to pull it up
again. And it would back off in the bottom turn too, So even if I got
up initially, I would just sink down again. I tried every combination
of center lines in/out, fifth line in a few inches, bar in/out, but
only got up once in a puff.
It seems like the 20.5 Machine does not pull as hard as my 20.8 Wipika
Hydro. Now this is a subjective judgement based on only one session,
so I may not have figured it out yet. And it may also be that the
Machine is flying in lighter winds where the Wipika would fall out of
the sky. But with the Wipika, I got power over the top, so I could get
up on the board before I got going. The Wipika also came with a bigger
bar, so this probably makes a difference too.
I'm 245 lbs, and an "advanced beginner". My kite skills are good, but
I'm still working on the board skills. I've been doing this regularly
for a year now, and had a few lessons during that time. Can anyone
give me some pointers on what to try next time?