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Surfboard riders...Whats your biggest Kite?

Postby meerkite » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:35 am

Hello Surfboard riders,

Just curious to know what your biggest kites are ?

At the moment my biggest is a 9m & (5'8 fish ). Do I need bigger kite? or a bigger board ?,

But if you could post your biggest kite size would be great.......

Kitesafe and goodwinds.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby fuel » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:58 am

meerkite wrote:Hello Surfboard riders,

Just curious to know what your biggest kites are ?

At the moment my biggest is a 9m & (5'8 fish ). Do I need bigger kite? or a bigger board ?,

But if you could post your biggest kite size would be great.......

Kitesafe and goodwinds.


7m with a Stretch Trow directional. Not a surfboard but suits my style of turn for turn wave riding.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby ulx » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:58 am

9. For really light winds or onshore winds or strong currents. For anything else 6 or 4,5 (rpm).

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby onein5 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:40 pm

Hi, Although I am not exclusively a Surfboard rider - I'll happily ride my 5'8" directional on a 12M and will also be considering my 16 if there's a good enough swell with constant (albeit light) winds this summer.

I don't see any reason to restrain on the low end - as long as the kite isn't falling out of the sky, & there's a nice swell, why not fly? :)

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby timebandit » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:50 pm

14 is my biggest kite and a board with a bit of volume works well.
If you have proper groundswell then the waves will be perfect in a sideshore light wind, Anything less than a ten and the waves start to get a bit choppy unless you are lucky enough to have a reef or sand bar to keep the chop to a minimum...

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby topmick » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:05 pm

My biggest kite - a fast 10m, I find bigger kites turn too slow and rarely an advantage when on a surfboard.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby Tightlines » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:30 pm

Although my most used kite is a 7 and either it or the 5 is my favourite I also have 12 and 16 metre kites.
I usually use the 16 with a TT but have had some great sessions with it on a surfboard in small waves, I love being the only one out in a clean lineup.
I find the Switch Nitro 16 turns reasonably fast for a big kite and if you have a good cross shore you can just unhook and let it drift slowly down the line.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby iblocalsurfer » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:00 pm

A 17m Fat Lady with a 5'11" Fish. Mostly upwind wave riding though which is still a blast if there is any kind of swell. Can get a little sketchy if the wind gets too light/onshore and there is size. Mainly because it's easier to outrun your kite. Anything over 11 mph is doable as long as your kite drifts well and not prone to falling.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby jens » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:09 pm

Depends on where you are. In the Great Lakes there is no "Ground swell" , whatever waves there are are a result of the wind you are experiencing at the moment. So no light wind wave riding. That said the biggest I have used lately is a 10 but for the most part the waves aren't worth getting excited about until it is 8/9meter wind.

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Re: Surfboard riders...... Whats your biggest Kite???

Postby BBQFish » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:55 pm

I ride a 9m2 Rebel 2011 as my biggest kite. My board is a 6'0 Kontact, which lacks a bit of float to be honest. I weigh 90 Kg, and ride mushy conditions in the North-Sea.

Thinking about getting shorter lines, now still kite with the 27mtr stock lines.

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