borist wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:49 am
Dave K wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:14 pm
Zeeko makes different size versions of the Spitfire. I assume a big part of that is rider weight.
Actually no. XLW wings for Spitfire were designed to allow slow take-off and flight speeds, so it can be used to ride slower waves for example. XLW is also useful for lighter winds and easier on beginner. However heavy riders might find standard size wings a bit too small, requiring high take-off speed, so in that sense one can argue that larger wings are suited for for them.
Agree - the big Zeeko wings are not (only) for heavier riders.
I dont like the small Spitfire wings, too small for my liking (@77kg), so the XLW would work for me
As others have said, heavier riders are using bigger kites, so the required wing lift is less than the extra weight over average.
But you would need a tad bigger wing, to compensate and make the feel and timing more similar.
Too big a wing though, and you will not be able to go as fast.
But otherwise, a tad bigger wing for bigger riders using bigger kites, should go just as fast as more forward power which compensates for the extra drag because of the area.