Overpowered or not?
- Almost everything I read recently about kitesurfing seems to indicate
that the "nirvana" of kitesurfing is to ride in overpowered conditions
or "to go big or go home".
While I had my share of being in overpowered conditions (e.g. used an
11.5 Naish in 30+ knots - remember I am only 125 lbs) I am not quite
sure being overpowered is useful for learning or even for times when one
is not well prepare to be overpowered (not in shape, beginning of
season, crowded beach, etc.)
Sometimes, an advance kitesurfer could get hurt easily by making a
small, simple mistake in overpowered conditions (e.g. I cut my hand -
need 4 stiches - after a bad landing - and almost broke my ankle - in
the summer doing 20 - 30' jumps with my 5.5 in 25+ knots).
Should a beginner be in an overpowered condition before he/she knows how
to handle it?
With the "standardization" of 30 m lines, most kitesurfers tend to
forget about 40+ m lines. It could be easier to learn in slightly
underpowered conditions with 40+ m lines than being overpowered with 30
- k man <fernmanus@...> wrote:
> Mel,I don't see how that would relate to MelMods. It IS harder in lighter wind,
> Maybe my problem was that I didn't build the rig
> properly. I put it together last summer and I had a
> difficult time getting my 15.5 to flip over when it
> was lying on the leading edge.
& this tendency is increased by the strap being lengthened for more power in
those light winds (same with the stock system). If you set up your
adjustment strap to give extended low wind range, you have to remember to
readjust it prior to attempting a nose down relaunch. MelMods do prevent
you from being able to pull the bar back over your head before thrusting it
forward & swimming a few strokes to slacken the lines (so the kite rolls
onto its back), but you can still use the technique (which is needed in
really light winds anyway) of just pulling in a bit on the center
strap/leader & releasing it.
> I gave up on it atNo. I see little need since it's so easy to build yourself, with no tools,
> that time. Maybe I should give it another try. Are
> you selling a commercial version yet of the Melmod?
from readily available supplies.