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What is your absolute low end?

Postby foilholio » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:36 pm

When can you hold ground? When do you go upwind? What is your gear? and how much do you weigh?
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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby Starsky » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:14 pm

Absolute low end on any rig is a snore fest.

10 knots is where the new fun begins. Many can go a lot lower, but for the masses who were used to waiting for 14 knots, that is the new normal. 50-210 lbs makes no difference. Just need the appropriate gear.

I would say that whatever your personal low end, the spread between absolute and fun is largest on a TT, about 1/2 that on a Surfboard and about 1 knot on a foil.

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby alamos_kiter » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:23 pm

can't be bothered to kite bug fart. There are so many other things to do on a windless day.

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby badgb21 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:14 pm

On a good day:
11 knts
17m Contra
160cm C/Fly LW
255lbs

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby Mossy 757 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:15 pm

As of this last Saturday, I'd call my "fall off the foil and drop the kite" number about 7 knots. Some of that has to do with kite tune (raggedy old 15m Joker 5 with the Bridle of Frankenstein) and some of it has to do with kite skill. This is on a Sword 2 w/the 57cm curved front wing. More foil + more kite + more skill might lower that number, but that's basically where everything goes t!ts up.

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby flyingcamel » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:29 pm

10kts summer 8-9kts winter with a 17m flite and a 165 stylus. 200lbs.
roughly the same range on a foil and the 12m flite, might be able to go lower but my board is so floaty that its hard to get enough in the water to put more tension against the kite to pull me out. well see when i get better

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby fogmeister » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:20 pm

mmmm low...18m sonic with 6m extension and flyrace
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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby TheJoe » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:31 pm

Mine is less than 0-15kts. We have 2 cable parks locally and there is nothing like riding on glass!. We are all so getting a wave garden in Austin about 2 1/2 hrs away from me this summer.

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby fogmeister » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:36 pm

...yup agree nothing like it...but with kite ofcourse......in 1o -15kts we are already jumping 25-35 feet,
...shame to give that up!

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Re: What is your absolute low end?

Postby Bille » Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:18 pm

alamos_kiter wrote:can't be bothered to kite bug fart. There are so many other things to do on a windless day.
That's true ; but sometimes a wind forecast is wrong , and Mohave is 75 miles
away, Primm is 45miles away for the land buggy, and my closest flying spot is 30 miles away.
I got to pick , ((1)) ; so it's nice to cover the full wind range for the one i pick, and
if that means kiting with a large surfboard , (i will). It's also the reason i fly a lot
more than i kite.

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