coffeeking wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:11 pm
I used to be confident that I could tell from spending 2 minutes wandering around the car exactly what size to launch. I get less and less water time now so I use a meter to get a better feel. I was at the beach in 24 gusting 28kt last week - by face feel (and a foot of shifting sand) I wouldn't have bothered rigging my 9 but when I got the reading we popped it up and, while well powered, it was fine.
Do you ride with a 9 m2 on a hydrofoil in 24 knots ??? Sounds pretty scary to me
I ride a 3.5 or 4 m2 in this wind - some can ride big kites like a 5 or 6 maybe when not for waves and freeride.
Or are you talking about a TT ?
Besides that, I agree it is at the extreme ends a windmeter can make most sense, both the upper end like here, but also sometimes the lower end, as if "free" on the surface, the difference from 6 to 8 knots is similar to an 18 m2 kite really difficult only with the best marginal gear, versus 10-12 m2 and easy on all kinds of gear almost (not quite, but close, from 10 knots you can use whatever kite and size you got).
Thus, sometimes if you HAVE seen or tried and know there is not sufficient on a given day and spot, then if you have to wait, a wind meter can tell you quite well how much more there is later, or if it is about the same, as 1 or 2 knots make all the difference here