Re: Best upwind kite style, was Re: [ksurfschool] opinions? F-one prefere
- The F-One rep for California told me that not only are faster kites better
because they move forward more quickly in the gusts, thereby reducing the
duration of the overpowering pull, but that the new Slider is even FASTER
than their other kites!!
fishersfort@... (Dwight & Jacky) wrote:
<< I think I was just trying to point out the fast kites are not magic. They
didn't perform like I thought they would. I bought EXS kites and flew them
for 6 months. I then switched to AR5 kites, and immediately noticed my
reduced board speed with these slower flying kites, made them less prone to
I then meet the F-one regional rep and was told he and his sponsored buddy
fly the STW, not the ATW (fast model). They felt the (low aspect, slower)
STW had more range and just worked better for kitesurfing Hmmmm.
I wonder if the Stamos will become the favorite of Windtools team riders
too. Hmmmmmmm. Again Kingsley is raving about the upwind ability of the low
aspect kite (better than the mosquito?).
I was a hang glider pilot, so I'm not an airfoil idiot and I would have been
the last one to even consider that a low aspect self limiting slower kite,
might have some superiority over a high aspect fast kite for kitesurfing.
But it's something worth thinking about. There may be a lot more to this,
but these were the reasons that someone on the group used to explain why
this happens. It makes some sense and the slower kites are doing better in
the kitesurfing arena. All these kite companies make racy buggy foils and
they just don't work like you would think for kitesurfing. Look at F-ones
new bandana shaped foil. That has to be a high drag, dog slow foil, compared
to the STW or ATW, yet it has monster range and upwind ability. What's going
on here? >>