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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby TomW » Wed May 22, 2013 8:10 pm

There is a wind condition aspect to this also. Some places get really light AND steady winds, some places get light but variable winds.
You have winds going from 12 to 4knots is really different conditions than a solid 10-12knots.
I have a little of both, but often variable and ive found having the extra floatation on a surfboard, and being strapless helps a lot more than a wide and long TT that just bogs in the lulls.

Last big kite i had was a Naish 18m Aero 2 from 2001 or 2. Man that thing was a monster. If it hit the water in light wind? no way were you gonna get it up. Depower ? about 30%.

Just picked up a Core XR2 17 - so im giving a big kite another try.

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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby Hawaiis » Wed May 22, 2013 8:19 pm

Of all the boards that I have tried, the ultimate light wind board ranking is
Hydrofoil board
Race board
Sup
Surfboard
Twintip
Finless Skimboard

So my conclusion is the big kite needs a big fin to counter the force.
It is the size of the fin, not size of the board that matters.

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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby Slappysan » Wed May 22, 2013 8:46 pm

I thought finless skims were able to go in much lighter winds due to the lack of drag from fins as well as a wide and flat surface area.

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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby Hawaiis » Wed May 22, 2013 8:54 pm

That was what I thought too, but I just got pulled down wind. I tried edging but was hard without the straps. I did't spend enough time on the Skimboard though.

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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby L0KI » Wed May 22, 2013 9:35 pm

Last week I rode a Slingshot 6' 0" Coupe Surfboard strapless, Phase Five Stock Skimboard, SuperShinn 135X41 Twintip, and a Naish Alaia....all within about an hour.
Don't know exact wind numbers and would not state them if I knew (the experts would have to correct my opinion).
But for upwind..for me..that day..

1. Alaia
2. Skim
3. Surfboard
4. Twintip

I would not have enjoyed any higher aspect kite.
Would probably have had more fun on a Big Mama, Fat Lady, Infinity, Evo 14M.
....that day .....in those conditions ....with those boards.
Point is, that different stuff works for different people, with different boards, with differing wind and water conditions, weight, age, skill, and preferences.
I am tired of the handful of self proclaimed Kiteforum "lightwind experts" that have their opinion dialed into the one thing they love best.
Lots of good choices out there and what is great for one, may not be for another.

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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Wed May 22, 2013 10:24 pm

Oldnbroken wrote:I beg to differ.


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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Wed May 22, 2013 10:27 pm

Oldnbroken wrote:I am tired of the handful of self proclaimed Kiteforum "lightwind experts"


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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Wed May 22, 2013 10:29 pm

TomW wrote:Just picked up a Core XR2 17 - so im giving a big kite another try.


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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Wed May 22, 2013 10:32 pm

pj sofine wrote:I think the epic infinity2 was able to get going in 4 knots.
Crowned best low-wind kite


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Re: a good kite for light wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Wed May 22, 2013 10:41 pm

Oldnbroken wrote:Don't know exact wind numbers and would not state them if I knew
(the experts would have to correct my opinion).


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