RE: [ksurfschool] Blades on 4 lines, stonkers and inflatable powe r
I can't help you with your questions on the Blade. I suggest posting a
message on ksurf concerning using a bar with the blade and for used
equipment in Australia.
As far as boards are concerned, I suggest getting a bi-directional board. A
5'6" Twin Tip or a 5'8" Litewave Wake-N-Style are both great boards. You
will be able to handle more power and have so much more fun on a good
bi-directional board compared to a directional.
As far as kites are concerned. A 9.5 Naish AR-5 is roughly equivalent to a
4.9 Blade. If you want more power, I recommend going to the 15.5 Naish
AR-5. It is a big kite, but it has a ton of range. I have a 15.5, my next
smallest kite is the 9.5. I had a Wipika 11.0, but never used it because of
the wide range of the 15.5.
From: ebeard@... [mailto:ebeard@...]
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2000 3:42 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Blades on 4 lines, stonkers and inflatable power
Apologies if these questions have been asked a hundred times before!
I am flying a Blade 4.9 on a backstrap at the moment, and have
previously tried putting it on a bar with the brake lines going to
the centre, and the power lines to the outsides of the bar. However,
I found that turning it like this was very slow and unresponsive.
Has anyone tried setting it up with the power lines going to the
centre of the bar and the brake lines to the outsides?, and if so
does it work well for kitesufing?
Currently I am using a Bic board which seems to work fine (can't jump
yet etc). Is there a big advantage in swapping over to a 5 fin board
like a Stonker or similar - and if so what should I look for in a
board (materials, size, fins etc.)?
I find that to get the Blade 4.9 working well for my size I need
quite strong winds (I weigh 95kgs approx) although I can plane in
lighter winds though end up massively down wind. I am thinking of
getting an inflatable Naish / Wipika or something similar. As I
understand it Blades are much more efficient than the inflatables,
so, to get an inflatable a couple of 'power sizes' up to my Blade
what size should I be aiming for, and has anyone got recommendations
on type of kite?
Finally, with regards to the board and inflatable kite anyone selling
anything suitable secondhand in Sydney, Aus.?! Otherwise what prices
(Aus$, US$ or GBP) should I be thinking of?
Look forward to hearing