angelinversace wrote:What kite for 2010 would go the biggest.????????
Do c kites go bigger then hybrid/bow/sle for big air???
like torch, hadlow pro, feul
i have seen the hugest jumps from these three kites from my perspective
Not asking about hangtime just height.
Nope, C kites dont go bigger.
And nope, SLE/Bow kites dont go bigger.
Actually you get about the same max height with both types (of course much longer hangtime with SLE's or foils - but that was not the question here)
The reason why you think C's go higher, is most likely because you see very talented freestyle guys with C's.
They boost really high
Whereas you see both really talented, but also totally beginners, and everything in between, on SLE's.
They boost everything from really high to nothing
Those claiming you boost higher with SLE/Bows:
Nope - it just feels that way, because of the extreme hangtime, I can say for sure, that most kitesurfers overestimate their jumpheight a lot, if they encounter more hangtime !
Looking at videos, and comparing ourselves, C's against SLE's - there is not really any difference in max height
The reason is simple - as it is all about converting speed energy (kinetic) to height - and if you are skilled and can do it, the result is somewhat the same, as our speed relative to the wind is the same
But there is another factor - most intermediate riders will be able to jump high (maybe not max, but close to) more consistent with SLE's - as it is simply easier.
With a C you have to time everything perfect, to obtain max height. But when you do - the feel is incredible as you get such an awesome boost that you will feel like a rocket - cool
When you ask the question, I would say that kitesize is very important too - as IMO the small kites jump really high no matter what type. Again - somewhat easier with SLE's because of easier powercontrol - but not higher if skilled on both types.
But in the really big sizes, the C kites tend to be superior regarding jump height - compared to flat kites, because of the turn rate.
Not sure about this - but I think it is so, based on experience myself and what I see.
This is why the SLE/Hybrids really excel here - got a bit of both, acceleration, good turn rate, and a bit more AOA lift than C's.
Kindly, Peter Frank
PS: To pimp a bit - try the Takoon Chrono, and you'll be amazed about the jumping, both height AND hangtime