dyyylan wrote:The problem isn't your weight, it's the size of the kite. You can kiteloop an 11 if it's something that makes tight pivotal turns (I used to do loops on my 12m envy) but be prepared to get dropped when the kite stalls out halfway through the turn, or if you send the kite too high and get too much air. Really need a 9m, but you might need to move out of FL if you want to ride a kite that size.
I can loop all of my kites in nice aerial kiteloops - 11m 2014 SS RPM, 12m 2014 LF NRG, 16m 2013 LF NRG (toughest one to loop), and the v3 17m Blade Fat Lady (very easy to loop).
All kites on 23m lines, tuned to the shortest knot on wingtip with attachment at wingtip with steering lines on lowest knot on the bar. I trim it to make sure I dont overdo it and it doesnt backstall. Backstall can still hit me in lulls although technique and the trim setting solve it 100% of the time (unless it lulls below 12 mph). You do have to be more aggressive with the timing of when to start the loop. I am not referring to megaloops, but forward yank kiteloops. The 11m RPM and the 12m NRG yank hard laterally. I am currently moving past the decorative aspect of kitelooping and incorporating the forward pull into my tricks - eg, having a kiteloop pull me through a rotation or having it power me through an aerial transition.
The reason I posted that example is that that technique works well for lighter riders using smaller kites but does not work well for a heavier rider reliant on larger kites.
I routinely have to modify techniques I watch online to make them work for me and the number one issue is always timing - I find my kites less reactive than 8m kites and have to adjust for slower response times, both with learning dedicated videos like Progression and when watching other riders tricks. It would be nice to watch something cool and work on replicating it without having to analyze, slice, and dice every component to figure out how to adjust it for myself. So I asked the forum for a list of heavier riders cause I have no idea who/if there are heavy riders that are pro, cranking out vids that would be useful for me to watch.