Generally, for hydrofoiling, lighter kites is better in all sizes IMO, no doubt at all and no downsides.jplmain wrote:I have race kites 19 edge and 11 velocity that are the best at staying in the air. With a foil, any kite will have no problem to go upwind.
I think downwind is the problem that needs more attention especially for newbies.
Now for light wind this problem is greater as it would be nice to have a lightwind mid to low aspect kite that is produce lighter to stay in the air like race kites. Are we talking about strutless kites here? or is there something better?
Exactly.ozchrisb wrote:It light wind wind you're very likely to be going downwind faster than windspeed. That means your course is actually upwind! That means an efficient race kite would be best.
I use the park and drift, but I'm painfully slow downwind and a lot of people get past me in races. When in the "power sweet spot" the fast guys seem to using the signing technique. They still get a pretty deep angle though. Others here use a "loop twice forwards, and the twice back" they're going slightly slower, but at a very very deep angle. They seem to like this when the really powered and it works well until you mess up, then the crashes are huge. When it gets light is seems to be harder to use the looping technique as it's easy to overrun the kite and find it on the water upwind of you! Some people even manage a "ride on starboard with the kite on port" technique when super over powered. It looks weird and I can't work that one out, but it worked really well for the people just in front of me a couple of weeks ago when the wind suddenly picked up as the race started.Peter_Frank wrote: PS: How do good racers go downwind in comps ?
Looping or sining or straight speed, or depending on wind speed/kite size which of the 3 is chosen ?
Try pointing upwind sharply when that happens. It gets some line tension and beings the apparent back to a nicer angle.Hawaiis wrote:In the video, at 2:30 as soon as I started to turn downwind, I started to lose the apparent wind and the kite starts to fall. It is difficult to learn in marginal conditions, especially with on shore wind with hydrofoil.
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