Hugh2 wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:32 am
...I weigh 195 pounds and go to 7m Naish Pivot at 25 knots, and 6m Best Cabo at 30. Seldom kited much above 30...
This is the only realistic post in the entire thread. People desire to maximize adrenaline factor is understandable, but the reality is brutal. For god sake, people have difficulty walking straight in puny 30 knots (level 7 on Beaufort scale
What most people [who salivate over kiting in gale wind] neglect is the dependency of kite pull over wind speed. It is quadratic
(not linear). For instance, the forces involved in 40 knots conditions are 4 times stronger that those at 20 knots. Consequently, you need 4 times smaller kite. However this idea [of taking smaller kite] is totally annihilated when we consider gusts. A gust at 40 knots would almost inevitably would break out of the kite range.
From that perspective I agree with Toby. For his critics, 18 meter kite may sound intimidating, but it is merely 1.5 times more powerful than 12 m kite. It is a piece of cake for a rider of appropriate weight in stellar 20 knots conditions.