Ted Bautista has asked for a one-on-one duel to prove the merits of rams over inflats...
It is RIDICULOUS for any one rider to challenge any other rider to a one-on-one duel as a way of proving one kite's merits over another. Not only is it ridiculous, it is somewhat immature, akin to a schoolground taunt like "my dad's bigger than your dad etc etc."
Nothing will be proved by a rider on one brand (eg Naish) challenging another (eg Cabrinha) to a one-on-one duel.
There is a spectrum of ability amongst those who fly rams (~20-30000) and amongst those who fly inflats (~300 000). The overall spectrum of ability is higher in the inflatable group becaue they use superior kites, but one rider from one group challenging a rider from the other group is NOT MATURE and LACKS insight.
Imperfect though it might be, the only way to objectively assess aerodynamic performance between kites or brands is on the pro tour table. There isn't that much to determine between ability in the top 20, esp the top 10. At this level, a lot of differences ARE equipment related.
The reason we don't see any rams in the top 96 PKRA, let alone the top 20 or 10, is because they ARE inherenty inferior to inflats.
So TED, if you want to really prove your point, crack the top 20 on the PKRA, stop bullying amateurs.
I'm prepared to bet big $ that NO RAM riders will crack the top 20 on the PKRA, let alone the top 10 this year.
Ted, in your aspirations to get further sponsorship, become a full-time pro etc, why don't you consider changing from rams (which ARE holding you back) to 2003 inflats. You might even make it onto the top 96.
Ted, didn't I already beat you once?
See you at the PKRA in Rome? That gives you 2.5 months to practice.
Laters. I gotta go blow up my kite.....easy now. We can make 10.000. Everyone just keep putting those non agro posts.
thats a funny suggestion when i started kickboxing i used to get my arse whipped ny everyone, but after six years hard traing and two years coaching and four summers in thailand it was definately the other way around.
what you missed in teds posting was the fact that he said he had improved since switching from his usual ride of lei's over to foils, therefore foils must be better if he had to switch to improve. just think how good mark shinn would be if he switched to foils and made the same improvement.
kite comps are all about the skill of what the rider can do under the kite once in the air. not the aerodynamic ability of the kite.
i'm still waiting for proof, scientific and verifiable that lei's are measurably better than foils. yeh they are more stable to butt checking and being underswung when jumping, but thats just two aspects of performance.
these two aspects of performance are key to winning comps, if that is your measure of performance then great but aerodynamics aint about that.