Best kite for sub 10 knot foiling
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:22 pm
I am looking to supplement my quiver with a kite that will get me foiling in extremely light winds. Currently, my biggest kite is a 2012 12m RPM. I like the kite a lot for freestyle twin-tip riding, and it works good for foiling in lightwind (10-12 knots) from what I've experienced so far - although I am still very much a novice. I weigh 165lbs and have logged about 10 sessions, totaling between 10 to 12 hours riding. If I were to include the foiling behind the boat then I would probably be closer to 15 hours of total riding. I have a Slingshot converter board and am riding the 35" mast with the Hoverglide NF2 wing. I can ride fairly confidently both directions, go upwind and downwind but haven't really started transitions yet. I have been doing some research and I really like what I see and have read with the Ozone Chrono (I saw a video on youtube of a french rider with a 17m claim to ride in as low as 3 knots!!!) as well as the Boardriding Maui Clouds. I'm not 100% certain on the differences between the Ozone R1 and V1 although it seems that the R1 is geared more towards racing. Not sure how a racing foil kite would suit my skill level, I just want to get out on the water foiling when my LEI and twin-tip setup cannot. I would love to hear some recommendations from more experienced foilers on what size and type kite to get for lighter winds. Above 12 knots I have LEIs that will work fine, all the way down to a 2012 6m Rebel, which I was actually able to foil with in about 13 knots. I live in Raleigh, NC and ride the OBX most frequently but would really be stoked if I could get a kite that I could mess around with on some of the lakes here in town. Not sure if anyone's got any experience with inland lake kiting, but would be interested to hear of experience and advice. Thanks in advance!