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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby BudhaNl » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:56 am

What would you recommend for use with a waveboard & twintip? I fly Naish Pivots 5-7-9 but would like something when wind is below 17-18 knots to have some fun on either waveboard (small waves as they're windbased) or twintip (won't go to the moon obviously but decent jumps and hangtime for some back-/frontrolls and other freeride/style stuff). Would the Ultra 12 fill that hole well enough?

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby TomW » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:20 pm

I was you, I'd get a 3 strut 12m wave kite.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby ciscokitesurfer » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:44 pm

17 or 18 knots is not light wind. Any good 12-meter kite will pull you on 17 or 18 knots. cheers

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby jakemoore » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:33 am

BudhaNl wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:56 am
What would you recommend for use with a waveboard & twintip? I fly Naish Pivots 5-7-9 but would like something when wind is below 17-18 knots to have some fun on either waveboard (small waves as they're windbased) or twintip (won't go to the moon obviously but decent jumps and hangtime for some back-/frontrolls and other freeride/style stuff). Would the Ultra 12 fill that hole well enough?

Thanks
Ultra 9 stays in the air much better than Pivot 8. If you are riding downwind the Ultra will handle the decreased apparent wind much better. I think you will like it on the wave board.

It jumps well enough but flutters a lot depowered. It works better in the lower part of its range. If you want powered up boost riding I agree with the 3 strut idea.

A foil kite would offer the best combo of light wind boost and wave drift if you can manage their idiosyncrasies. I bet in 12 weeks TomW changes his recommendation to a 9m Hyperlink.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby BudhaNl » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:12 pm

TomW wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:20 pm
I was you, I'd get a 3 strut 12m wave kite.
I’ve had an 11 but thought that too slow.

ciscokitesurfer wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:44 pm
17 or 18 knots is not light wind. Any good 12-meter kite will pull you on 17 or 18 knots. cheers
Below that, ideally a kite that will work from 12-18 knots
jakemoore wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:33 am
Ultra 9 stays in the air much better than Pivot 8. If you are riding downwind the Ultra will handle the decreased apparent wind much better. I think you will like it on the wave board.

It jumps well enough but flutters a lot depowered. It works better in the lower part of its range. If you want powered up boost riding I agree with the 3 strut idea.

A foil kite would offer the best combo of light wind boost and wave drift if you can manage their idiosyncrasies. I bet in 12 weeks TomW changes his recommendation to a 9m Hyperlink.
I love the Pivots so I certainly won’t change anything there, the perfect combo for tt & wave. Really looking for that fast 12m that will work below the 17 knots. Seems that it would if I interprete correctly? I’ve tried foils, the f-one diablo and flysurfer speed 4 & sonic. That feel is just not for me, can’t get used to it.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby jakemoore » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:21 pm

I'm not sure its much faster, but it does stay in the air better. So I can use the 9 in much less wind than the 8 pivot, more than 1m difference would suggest. The pivot is much more fun for powered boost tt riding. The Ultra more fun in less wind.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby BudhaNl » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:33 am

Okay thanks! I hope to test the ultra 12m tomorrow so I can see for myself.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby TomW » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:31 pm

jakemoore wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:33 am
BudhaNl wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:56 am
What would you recommend for use with a waveboard & twintip? I fly Naish Pivots 5-7-9 but would like something when wind is below 17-18 knots to have some fun on either waveboard (small waves as they're windbased) or twintip (won't go to the moon obviously but decent jumps and hangtime for some back-/frontrolls and other freeride/style stuff). Would the Ultra 12 fill that hole well enough?

Thanks
Ultra 9 stays in the air much better than Pivot 8. If you are riding downwind the Ultra will handle the decreased apparent wind much better. I think you will like it on the wave board.

It jumps well enough but flutters a lot depowered. It works better in the lower part of its range. If you want powered up boost riding I agree with the 3 strut idea.

A foil kite would offer the best combo of light wind boost and wave drift if you can manage their idiosyncrasies. I bet in 12 weeks TomW changes his recommendation to a 9m Hyperlink.
Definitely going to be 12 weeks...taking forever to get the kite.....

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby ciscokitesurfer » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:54 pm

i am waiting for an special used deal on a airrush. Airrush is a kite on my wish list.

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Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Postby RadDrDuke » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:59 am

just read the whole thread and it's essentially useless with lots of speculation.

Summary:
- VERY few people (including me) on here actually own the ultra or have even demo'd it.
- Those who have say it's good and stable, but it sounds like the Clouds are even better for low end (although not as much high end).
- Some debate whether the 12 or 15 is the best low end ultra, getting down to a minimum of 8knots.


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