Well Here in Europe, we have about 20-30 % on C kites. Thats is what have kept North-Naish-Slingshot in the game the last 2 years if you ask me.balance wrote:I rode c kites untill 08 and then i have a WAROO wich i think is a great overall kite.
All the pros prefer CÂ´s and i think those kites are better to high level kiters. Specially if you unhook. They are also great in small sizes to surf cause they pull more and tighter when you loop them and launch down the line.
But the truth is, as i heard CÂ´s are selling very bad. Lets say 5% of a brand total. This requires r %d, testers, samples-protos. I gues in the end they dont make money out of them. If they hold them is only for brand image and to suply to the beach opinion leaders that ride unhook with good level.
I heard most of the companies are gonna stop c kites for 2010 (just rumor)
I do like them both and i think we should try to get them to stay with us. Even knowing that bows and deltas are also a great choice.
I don't know about that - I've ridden my 12 Vegas in gusts up to 32knots (in March in the UK). It wasn't comfortable but it was doable as long as it was only gusts. I've had my 9 out in gusts up to 38 knots without touching the trimmer (that wasn't exactly comfortable either!)fkb wrote:Gusty conditions made it a headache to ride since the wind range was a bit narrower.
This is not what freestyle C Kiters who use the Aaron Haldow Pro, Or Fuel want. A quick turning kite that turns fast is a feature that all the bows have. To be in the same line as above kites a smooth looping kite that turns in a big arc is needed.kitenprod wrote:
The new diablo climbs fast after the loop and turns very very fast.
the bar pressure is just what the rider needs to feel the kite and not get any tennis elbow.
I hear you I've been riding a 7.0 all summer,suRff wrote:fkb,,, im sure you know,, but the timing of jump on a C is so different than that of your waroo. you have to really fly the kite (set it up for the jump). very different from just pulling the bar. that's part of the fun. even if you used to ride Cs it would take a few sessions to get it right again. could also be that your lines were to long. id never go longer than 22m anymore.. the waroo will out float your typical C tho.
re> needing multiple kites pumped up on the beach for gusty conditions. could be. i'm thinking more and more kiters will have a couple of boards on the beach. when the wind lets up, you grab your skim or thruster. that's a trend that's happening.
the trend towards keeping it simple has been happening all over actions sports; strapless snow boards, one speed mountain bikes, one speed road bikes, simple and clean and not to techy.. etc. Cs are part of the keep it simple trend.
i come from a surfing background. ive been slowly heading towards tiny 4 line C kites on simple bars with strapless surf boards... went this way thanks partly to a few posters (you know who you are) on this forum (as no one on our beaches surfs this way yet). i started with limiting the throw on my SS bar and really tweaking it for unhooked riding,, getting bigger chicken-loops, losing the donkey dick,, going smaller and smaller on my kite,, unhooking on the wave,, crashing a lot. my buds around me did/do not get it. dinners after sessions were/are always a good natured laugh at my expense.. understandably, as i crashed A LOT. the last down-winder we did i chose a 5m (08 fuel) while everyone else was hooked in on 9s (bows/sles). ive had fun from day one, but now my wave riding is smoother and more natural than it was when i first started unhooking (and flailing).. it's not like my surfing yet, but im feeling it. suddenly they're asking if they can give the kite a try. (as if it's the kite... )
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