I found a difference between my 12m bow and 12m c-kite. The bow seemed easier, hardly had to fly it back, just pull in the bar and off I go. The c-kite I had to have better timing and had to throw it back a bit harder. I'm an intermediate level rider though and I don't go high in my jumps but I felt there was a definite difference. My bow was an 08 and my c was an 07.LanBro wrote:Thinking of flying some older "C' kites. How different is the technique to jump (oldschool not wake) on a "C" kite vs today's BOW? Does pulling in on the bar have any effect on older "C" kites? Do you have to send it from deeper in the window or redirect more quickly...Is it better to send it past 12?
Very true, and agreeJGTR wrote:I ride a mix of old and new style C kites, having learnt on C's then onto bows and back to C's.
There is more technique to jumping C kites, theres alot more timing and edging involved to get a decent jump. I find if I send it from low down (this is common with all kites - the lower the start postion the higher the jump ) edge hard and send it back past 12 - then release my edge but at the same time send the kite straight up back towards 12 I get a decent amount of height on my jumps.
With a bow you dont need much technique to jump, just keep the kite high, edge and pull the bar in, I see that even the IKO now teach this method of jumping
But...........if you combine the 2, i.e. C style jumping technique with bow style kites you can really get some height Bow kites do have a lot more lift and power than equivalent sized C kites but 80% of people lack the technique to get the best out of them. The biggest I've ever been is on my old 9M 2007 Waroo, man that thing boosted high.
Then the other thing is to combine all this together with a boost off a wave...............now that's the best way to jump
The main difference is the sheeting, with bow kites you sheet in to get the boost, with C kites its down more to technique.
I have flown C kites from slingshot, best, cabrinha, north, and naish, and I can tell you this: If you want an old school kite that boosts to the moon, you need to find an old North Rhino 2 (2003 I think...) I have never ridden a kite that comes close to the jumping ability of this kite. Oh, and make sure you are a fast swimmer, or attach a 5th line, or you won't be able to put it on it's back to relaunch in high winds. That is one thing the "bow generation" doesn't realize when riding these old school kites--no pulling a backline and watching your kite relaunch on it's own!LanBro wrote:Thinking of flying some older "C' kites. How different is the technique to jump (oldschool not wake) on a "C" kite vs today's BOW? Does pulling in on the bar have any effect on older "C" kites? Do you have to send it from deeper in the window or redirect more quickly...Is it better to send it past 12?