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How strong is too strong?

Postby jan_hou » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:20 pm

many people recommend people not go out if wind is over 35 knot.

I found 35-40 knot is perfect with my Slingshot RPM 4.5M.

Here is a photo I took today in Penghu, Taiwan.

I like to know what to do you think about "how strong is too strong?"

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby sarc » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:27 pm

Add 20m lines, even better

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby Kamikuza » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:34 pm

It's the gusts that always get me.... if it was nice 'n' stable, I reckon you're only limited by the smallest kite you got :)

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby bigwave » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:41 pm

Kamikuza wrote:It's the gusts that always get me.... if it was nice 'n' stable, I reckon you're only limited by the smallest kite you got :)


The above statement is so true.

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby Bille » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:12 pm

This could be the makings of a GOOD Thread !!

Here's 35 G40+ at Lake Mohave, (9-mile) on
a 2008 Edge 11M, ( the New edge's would NEVER handle this).

It was the Center of the lake that had the Big Stuff ; could work
the courage up SLO0ooooLey !!

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby Starsky » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:17 pm

gusting 40 knots? 11m?..... darwin

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby Bille » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Starsky wrote:gusting 40 knots? 11m?..... darwin


NO that's Mph ...

The 2008 11M Edge feels Real comfortable in a 35mph with 210Lb rider !!

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby jespin4845 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:48 pm

30's,...gusting 40 is my limit with a 7.5 wainman at 200 lbs, i rode isaac, that was fun, found my limit there, didnt ride sandy, something about standing on the beach during that hurricane made me uneasy...days leading up to it was fun

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby jespin4845 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:48 pm

30's,...gusting 40 is my limit with a 7.5 wainman at 200 lbs, i rode isaac, that was fun, found my limit there, didnt ride sandy, something about standing on the beach during that hurricane made me uneasy...days leading up to it was fun

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Re: How strong is too strong?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:11 pm

Bille, you of all should know not to use units that is only used very locally.... (at least not without WRITING the unit) :naughty:

Wind is measured "globally" and international with two units only:

For sailing and historically, knots is used, and well known everywhere in the world without question.

And the metrical unit is meter per second (m/s) which is used in europe most often, in fact almost always here, instead of knots.

1 m/s = 1.9438 knots

1 knot = 0.5144 m/s

So close to a factor 2 in difference, which our "minds" can easily reckognize and understand - which is good - otherwise it would be impossible to understand what others are talking about....

Every other unit, mph (or even the horrible beaufort scale) are not really used or known anywhere, except the local country specific uses 8)


Having a 4.5m2 kite in 35-40 knots would fit just fine, not even overpowered, for the average 80kg rider, so no problemo and Jan is spot on IMO :thumb:

4m2 kites are used relatively often in waves, and some (often lighter girls) got a 3m2 for those gnarly days with huge waves where they just WANT to get out !

A 3m2 can be used up to about 50 knots without being overpowered, in theory...

In real life, when it is over 40, it becomes very fickle, because of the gusts as said, but also because of the huge line slack, and the impact on the board and rider :o

More important - the water gets "skunked" and horrible, because of windchop - so not really good on flat water nor in waves :(

On the other hand - you can have some AWESOME sessions with 4 to 5m2 kites very often, both TT and Waves, so I think it is very different what different kitesurfers think about it....

:D Peter


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