Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

More lightwind stuff

forum for kitesurfers


User avatar
blancoh2o
Frequent Poster
Posts: 207
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:44 pm
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Portland, Oregon
Contact:

More lightwind stuff

Postby blancoh2o » Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:17 am

After reading a ton of crap about how this kite and that board perform in light wind I felt compelled to step up and mention SKILLS. That's right skills.... Riders that routinely ride in light wind probably will develop more efficient kite/board skills than those who ride in perfect 12m conditions all the time.

I ride with some guys who are VERY efficient riders. In contrast I am not very efficient. They are lighter than I am, but still they are better riders. They can ride 122cm boards and 9m kites when I am on a 132 with a 13m. Yes, I weigh 18kg more than they do, but if I was a better kiter then I could be out on an 11m kite when they are riding 9m. I find myself working the kite a lot while their's are parked. I know it is a combination of kite and board skills. Mine are improving and I am now starting to narrow that gap.

Now that I said that, if I were to go out and purchase a "lightwind kite" (No brand given). Do you think I could get more of an advantage? If I had it my way I would kite 7 days a week and improve to the point where I didn't need to cheat with equipment built to equalize the game. Unfortuately that is not reality. :bye:

User avatar
STF
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 777
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:28 pm
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Chicago, USA..

Postby STF » Thu Mar 17, 2005 4:54 am

WEll,

I only started 2 summers ago and started with a torro II 16m, which is a bad kite, Once i got my Nemi 21m, i feel i progressed much more cause i was able to ride on days of 10-12mph, where as the Torro II 16m, I could not ride till it was blowing like 17mph, (no low end on that puppy).

I dream of being able to ride a 12m everyday....maybe i would be better then?

Nico
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 2646
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2002 1:00 am
Kiting since: 1998
Local Beach: private kitebeach on my doorstep,
Le Morne.
Style: wave
Gear: Drifter kites, wave boards
Brand Affiliation: Cabrinha, naish
Location: Mauritius, waterman since 1960
Contact:

Postby Nico » Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:19 am

"A bad workman blames his tools"
Of course skill is a big factor, so is attitude.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
However the gear difference can be felt once you have reached a certain level, and a pro will also be handicaped if he can only use one rigg, instead of the right one for a said condition.
Nico

User avatar
screven
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 501
Joined: Fri Nov 08, 2002 1:00 am
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Tucson

Postby screven » Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:47 pm

There is kind of a "Zen" thing to light wind riding. It's all about building up enough speed to take advantage of apparent wind and then maintaining a delicate balancing act. Some days the magic works some days it doesn't. Of course equipment counts too.....flat boards.......light, efficient kites.....low body weight.......

Chris

User avatar
FredMurphy
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 648
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:32 pm
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: London, UK
Contact:

Postby FredMurphy » Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:14 am

I got a Contra 19.5. A great lightwind kite but it's also improved my riding loads, because I got out on those days I'd normally have to be sitting it out on the beach. Good kit won't automatically make you a better rider, but may help you learn quicker.

User avatar
Toby
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 35454
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:00 am
Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: Cumbuco, Brazil
Barra do Cauipe, Brazil
Style: Airstyle
Gear: Rebel 2015 18
Brand Affiliation: None.
Location: World (KF Admin)
Contact:

Postby Toby » Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:33 am

correct, it is a mixture of skills and gear.

Greets
Toby

User avatar
sq225917
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 8757
Joined: Tue Nov 05, 2002 1:00 am
Kiting since: 2000
Gear: BEST TS, Best Nemesis HP, Kahoona and Roca.
Brand Affiliation: used to be BestKiteboarding.com

Postby sq225917 » Sat Mar 19, 2005 4:48 pm

good gear helps, but its the skills that count.

light wind riding is all about riding light, leaving no wake, reacting smoothly and slowly and most important of all visualising what you will do next before you do it.

you cant learn to 'ride light' when there is enough wind to ride, you learn how to 'ride light' when there isnt enough wind to ride at all.

it's all about balance and subtlety, not kite thuggery.

trouty
Medium Poster
Posts: 126
Joined: Tue Nov 26, 2002 1:00 am
Kiting since: 0
Local Beach: South Coast
Favorite Beaches: Cornwall
Gear: Ion2 8.5 / 10.5 / Amp s 9/12/16 North Rhinos 10/12/16
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Surrey

Postby trouty » Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:11 pm

"Here here" !! :thumb:

User avatar
panchito
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 2703
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:58 pm
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Tarifa / Got 2 Ovandos and a Ripper

Postby panchito » Sat Mar 19, 2005 7:35 pm

[quote="sq225917"]
you cant learn to 'ride light' when there is enough wind to ride, you learn how to 'ride light' when there isnt enough wind to ride at all.

:thumb:
You name it. !!


Call me panchito the "lightwindrider "

User avatar
biggins
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 712
Joined: Wed Jun 25, 2003 8:04 pm

Postby biggins » Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:22 am

Bra,
If a 13m is your largest kite the YES a bigger kite will help TREMENDOUSLY!!!!! Rider skill won't help much when you're super underpowered on a 13m. OR get a bigger board. Your choice, but in the light stuff a 13m won't cut it with a 132cm board period.
J


Return to “Kitesurfing”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: airfly, Bing [Bot], Cab Driver and 28 guests

cron