Its probably going to be a similar format to the very successful windsurf slalom, but adapted a bit to suit the kites.longwhitecloud wrote:what is slalom? in and out of many buoys downwind?
Hi Ronnie, Damo was riding the slalom board in this heat in P.R. with probably a 13 or 11m kite. Looks like pretty lightwinds. I would say after about 15-18 kts of wind the slalom board starts to excel. Course boards are extremely fast but start to have jibing problems. I am not sure what happened with Denzil, I did not hear any details but if guys are riding 16 and 18m kites, it would not be real quick upwind to a starting area so you would have to leave the beach way before the CR boards in order to make the start and I think that some CR boards would have an edge on speed anyway. My new 2012 CR board and the Mikes Lab that Bryan Lake (aka Bernie) was riding are extremely fast on the reach in those light winds. When I raced Adam, Johnny, and Bernie in Canada , they were blazing fast downwind and knew I had to increase my boards downwind performance.AAronnie wrote:Congratulations Damo and Alex.
I'm interested to know what we learn from this.
In very light wind, they used 70cm raceboards. This seems to be down to the fact that they can go faster the tighter to the wind they ride in 6 knots? Usually we are used to a broad reach being the fastest point of sail.
The slalom board you sent is faster when lit on a 13m on a certain angle of course Alex. Can you shed any light on what wind speed that would be before they could run the usual downwind slalom (assuming they had 70cm as the max board width). Damo looked pretty fast in this with not a lot of wind. Was that on the Aguera slalom board?
Denzil said he had trouble making the start on the slalom board. The video shows an Aguera pin tail with 3 wave type fins in what looked like mini-tuttle boxes? Was that just because Denzil underestimated the speed it would go upwind and just needed more time?
That's a pretty cool video with them all standing on the bottom waiting for the horn to go off, I like it! They have a nice group of racers growing in the Miami area.ronnie wrote:Thanks for the reply Alex.
This gives an idea of the speed and figure 8 slalom may be popular for local events or light winds?
I think Kent said it was about 11 mph for this figure 8 slalom video where Damo disappears off into the distance on your CR59. The new stuff must be even faster.
Hi Ronnie,ronnie wrote:Thanks Denzil.
In windsurf slalom, the bigger guys win because they can hold more power when its windy and choppy.
It seemed that Bernie did well when it was windier and Damo did well in the lighter winds.
Do you think rider size will be a factor in course racing or slalom?
If the winds get super light, a heavier sailor will be disadvantaged at mark roundings but visa versa in strong winds when the lighter guys will be at a disadvantage all the way around the course. Bryan Lake did really well at the Worlds though in very light 6-10 knot winds and he is around 220 lbs or 100 kgs!ronnie wrote:With all your experience as PWA race director Alex, I'd take your opinion on it.
They have a 6 knot minimum for the Olympics but just seem to ignore it if they have to.
I was really surprised when Steph Bridge was able to win at Sylt in gusts over 30 knots and 3m seas on a 70cm board and 8m kite.
It just shows what can be done and maybe if you limit things, a lesser rider may gain an advantage and the best rider doesn't win. Getting performance in the lightest of winds is one of the highest skills, but body size is also a big factor I suspect, so I can see taller/heavier people not wanting to be disadvantaged too.
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