Warm air gusts up to 35 is possible for me to hold...93 kgx.
Interesting story from yesterday:
a friend of mine, former pro rider in the boardoff time, took my 18 in about 15-16 knots or so...he came in 2 min later and said he cannot hold it...and he is very experienced!
But, his weight is 65 kg. I never would have assumed that he cannot edge to jump it...so, weight IS a big factor with being able to hold such big kites!
At 80k I could not hold a 14m rebel in 35 that’s for sure. I would pump up the 11m I would try a 12m if I had one. Toby at 35kns and 90+kg you would be at you limit and no room for gust… true?
I also guess the guy that tried your kite 18m Rebel was wearing a waist harness right?. I’m finding something new out about harnesses. I now that I’ve found a waist harness the does not jamp on my ribs and have both a seat and waist harness I found the following
1. Lower hookpoint
2. Lower center of gravity
1. Highter hook point
2. Higher center of gravity
I find with the waist harness and the higher hook point it’s easier to hold full power because your bar is further way. However with the higher center of gravity requires less power from the kite to pull you off balance thus not being able to hold the power and edge before jumping
The waist gives you a lower hook point and utilizes more off your body weight to hold the kite. I was shocked the difference the harness made.