RE: [ksurfschool] Re: kite tuning CAUTION: 600LB BACK LINES ONLY! !
I recommend waiting for the new crop of 2001 kites. The new Naish AR-X and
Wipika VARC kites will have higher aspect ratios on the larger kites. The
reason the 15.5 AR-5 is so slow is due to the relatively low aspect ratio
for such a large kite. The Wipika 16.0 has a higher aspect ratio of 6 and
is more responsive, so if you are going buy a big kite right away then it is
the best choice today. I personally am excited about the 17.5 AR-X and the
16.4 Air Blast.
From: ryansurf1@... [mailto:ryansurf1@...]
Sent: Monday, December 25, 2000 8:47 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: kite tuning CAUTION: 600LB BACK LINES ONLY!!
Thank you all for the dissertation on line weight, terminology, and
tuning concepts! I am sorry if i have offended in some way, but am
new to the sport as are most of the people around my area. I have
read most of teh 900 posts on the group over the last several months,
as I can't seem to get solid advice to my questions locally. Yes i
was obviously confused on the concept of how to depower the kite. I
realized this as i analyzed my experience on teh beach during my ride
home, with my tail between my legs.
I WILL immediatly change the front lines to 600 lb and recheck the
Locally there are two schools of thought on the pros of both the 13.5
and 15.5. One school says 13.5 is quicker and more efficeint in
shape. They say that the additional size added in the 15.5 is added
mostly in depth and not so efficient. The other school say the 15.5
is superior when trying to get a little more power, especially in teh
low wind range. Any thoughts. Another response to an earlier
question suggested the Wipika 16 over the 15.5 Naish. Any thoughts?