Completely agree with Taut about the top end, there might well be a point between about 18mph and 22 mph where the Fly is just too grunty, and it’s not quite time to grab the 12 yet, however I still have 2 more knots for bridle attachment that I have yet to use and that should give me a bit more depower (and the option of taking out a surfboard with the 12 that should just about see me through the gap).
Keen to hear from people who own this kite though - I find this kite pulls so hard I have to adjust my riding style a bit to keep more pressure on my heels, or I don’t seem to be able to get upwind in the same way I can on a park. It just keeps pulling me off my edge over and over.
Is this poor technique on my part? Or do I just need to edge off to the “very” depowered end of the bridle attachment points to give me a little bit of a break?
Hard to complain about a kite that does what it says on the tin too much, but I’d be interested to discuss with other people that have flown it…
(PS – That wind meter pic is hilarious)
For me the kite overlaps fine with my 10...I took out the 10 after I had the Fly out and the wind came up...and definitely overlaps really well with the 12.
I think riding it depowered seems fine, it is a little harder to loop it in strong winds. hehe.
What board are you on? The bigger kites does have more grunt, which is why they are fun in light winds obviously...It might take a little getting used to, but once the wind hit hard, I usually ride with the kite lower, and crank hard on my backfoot. Might be good to take your front hand off the bar and look upwind.
Put more effort on your back foot and the kite will fly forward and your angle upwind will be better.
In what wind does it seem to have too much power? If you move the front bridle attachment forward (does it have those adjustments..I cannot remember), the kite will fly upwind better and have more depower.