mikesids wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:30 am
Really enjoying my 5m Reo - fast but you get used to it , and if you run a shorter bar it will slow down the reactivity. Light in the steering, very good drift ,great depower and overall gust stability - I am pretty convinced that wave kites are the way to go for higher winds as a result. I have used from 20 knots up to 25 knots so far , not had to pull on any depower thus far so no idea what the ultimate top end is on a foil , probably north of 30 knots. Also a really painless looper. Gets you up on the foil then you can just mosey along, I am aiming at using with a large surf foil to play in the waves without going so fast that I outrun the wave. Going slow is the new high performance !!
Indeed yes, as others have said - using the small wave kites works like a charm, and you have the choice to use these on a waveboard when the wind gets too much for the foil so a win win.
But a 5 m2 will get too much quite soon for my 78 kg, unless one wants to ride powered (like racers), so above 20 knots it goes fast the wrong way away from the sweetspot (in waves at least)....
20 knots average wind is around the perfectly powered sweetspot for me, and at 25 it is way too much and my 3.5 m2 starts to take over.
Compared to wavesize kites (which is a better correlation than windspeed):
The 5 is in its sweetspot on a hydrofoil when I am riding a 7 to 8 m2 on my waveboard.
And the 3.5 works on a hydrofoil when I ride a 5 m2 on a waveboard.
Kites are different indeed though - the Reo is one of those with extremely little power yes (and awesome range/upper end), and the opposite type, the 3.7 m2 Cloud has the power of a typical 4.5 to 5 m2 it seems