Casair wrote:Or should I stop being a _____ (aka bearded clam, fish sandwich, holiest of holies) and just lower the damn kite and prepare for the pain when I crash and explode?
Hours, hours, hours
I used to think the same couple months back. 25kts used to be madness for me last summer.
With every hour you will feel more comfortable.
Learn falling! Wear helmet and impact jacket.
If you feel pain a back foot - find the new foot's position.
Try to break your limits with smooth sea as much as possible. Don't try break it with rough swell and sea.
Sword from last two years should break rather easily 30kts limit (max speed).
Max upwind - at least 18kts and sometimes you should go over 20kts.
I believe that with 20kts wind, smooth sea, 9m kite and my Moses VoRace I can ride not less than 30kts on a distance of 500m or more.
I am quoting myself from the topic:
For my training I recognise 4 types of speed: top (1s,10s,100m,500m), race upwind (keeping max upwind angle), race downwind (keeping max downwind angle), cruising ( on a reach) 14kts, small chop, 9m Cabrinha Velocity:
VoRace - max 1s speed 32kts, 500m - 29kts, Top averages: Upwind 18kts, Downwind 22kts, Cruising 25kts.
Silente - max 1s speed 28kts, 500m- 26kts, Top averages: Upwind 15kts, Downwind 20kts, Cruising 22kts.
Please bear in mind those are approximately values showing abilities of two different foils.
I have to admit that almost 30kts on a 500m distance seemed to me impossible couple months back. It's a matter of training, comfortable foil and wind/water conditions.
The feeling is great, adrenaline pumping like hell and I hope to learn riding 500m with speeds breaking 30kts. Now I really admire guys riding 55kts in Luderitz. The horizont line must be a tiny point