What were the wind conditions for this. Very novice kiteracer - but seemed everyone was riding fully powered upwind. Wouldnt there be advantage to going up a kite , or are downwinds really power reaches and not true downwinds?
Downwinds are true downwinds - 45 deg off true downwind on 17-15sqm kite and 10-15 deg off on 7sqm kite (you just need to loop it a lot).
The guys chose the best size possible. Most of them really know the game
if 8 kites go down at start (as happens here - 7 in tangles) is there a general recall?
Depends on the jury. 7 out of 40 is not even 20% of the fleet. I wouldn't recall.