Can anybody please help me shearing his experience with North Neos for hydrofoiling?
My kiting right now is about 50% freeride foiling / 40% surf / < 10% TT, and am riding a 2016 Rebel 9 and a 2012 Evo 7.
I’m about to replace my quiver, and think Neos may be a good option.
I don’t have any doubt about their advantages as wave kites, but think they may make good foiling kites too. My reasoning is that they will hold up better in lulls, and will give a good pull to start foiling in light wind conditions. As Cons I can imagine slower foiling speed and a bit less support for flying gybes, but I don’t think that those will be serious problems.
This is theory, but I would really like to hear firsthand experience. Any cons that I hadn’t considered?
Thanks a lot for any help. I don’t have the possibility to test drive the kites before buying, so any advice is really appreciated.
I only foil in light winds, before moving to strapless surfboard when it picks up a bit.
Therefore I only ride with my Neo 10m2 2017, excellent kite for foiling. Power delivery is really nice for foiling and drift is there for nice downwinds. Really good kite, cannot comment other sizes for foiling though, but I would be surprised if the smaller sizes were not suitable for foiling.
Neos are quite good for both wave kiting and freeride foiling, which my friend and I do about 50/50 now. Neo's power delivery and quick turning allow me to foil on smaller sizes 4, 5, and 7 while twin-tip guys are on kites twice my size. In the following video, wind was about 18 knots and both my friend and I were foiling on Neo 5. [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/223635289[/vimeo]
This is exactly the kind of informed opinions I was looking for.
What a great forum this is!!
So it’s decided then. Neos will be my next quiver.
Unfortunately there are no waves where I live, so I mostly foil at home and surf when on vacation. I can’t switch from foil to surf and viceversa depending on the wind.
I’ll start replacing my 9 Rebel with a 9 Neo, and then the 7 Evo with a 6 or 7 Neo.
Thanks a lot for all the help.
Good point. That’s something I thought about, but didn’t want to complicate de question in my original post.
Yes. I know the Neo 9 has more power than the Rebel 9, but was expecting that that would give me more light wind possibilities.
I weight 70 / 75 kgs (160 pounds), and am using a Liquid Force Happy Foil. I find that if the Rebel 9 stays in the air, I can foil. And, when I don’t have enough power to foil, usually the kite ends up in the water and I have to swim. That’s why I never bought a bigger / heavier kite for foiling.
I was expecting that, being lighter, the Neo would hold better in lulls and that it will give me a better low end.
But I wonder if it might be too big.