Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:41 pm
I would highly warn against using a short 70 cm mast for kitefoiling in the surf, too short and not good IMO
I would highly suggest that contrary citing the following reasons.
Many of the better wave riders here are now using slower, bigger, thicker front wings using 70, 75 cm STRUTS with huge success!
Note that this is mostly on the Med sea which has waves not so often and when have not clean, but will apply in many spots.
Easier to water start when onshore wind while not running aground.
T bar will go vertical slower, giving sometimes much needed time to water start.
Better to be in the waves close to the shore again to not bottom out.
Better faster yaw control.
If one does bottom out less lever force on the KBHF for its health and that of the pilot.
Easier to handle when walking out, in thru waves.
A shorter STRUT made of exactly the same lay up will be stronger in all ways.
If rider gets separated from KBHF and it gets driven ashore by waves, less length will allow less lever force when wings bottom out and waves push board.
Crashes also will have less impact as less high, and less lever.
While it is certainly true that a shorter (STRUT) leaves less margin for pitch, a skilled pilot is needed but the compromise seems well worth it.
So while PF is a well warranted, respected poster here I submit this info for those possibly out of touch with other locals, info who may have
possibly better, different experience.