@kitexpert - True, been kiting for a bit over a year now, not an expert at this by any means. Love the sport and learning it fast, but def still new.kitexpert wrote:8mph, 7kn? Perhaps wind was 8-9kn, some whitecaps here and there can be seen. 15m foil equals ca. 17m LEI, or even is a bit stronger. With big board not at all impossible combination, very well done anywayLmrutledge wrote:Here's a little vid from yesterday. 8 mph wind directly onshore. Sweet potato board
Tested Pulsion 15 with Designer Ben.
Try to do a little summary soon.
Apparently pikovsg is a talented foiler, but his lack of experience shows how he misjudges wind speed grossly. If he foiled whopping 3 times of the wind speed and used 100% of his kinetic energy he could have jumped 10.8ft high. Unfortunately Pulsions L/D is not near infinite and there is lot of drag elsewhere: board, lines, kiter himself. And perhaps pikovsg's jumping technique isn't perfect either, after a year kiteboarding... If 50% of the theoretical height, so about 5ft, was possible to achieve I would be quite surprised.PullStrings wrote: Pikovsg (not an expert-started kiting last year) claims in around 6 mph he jumps 15.8 feet high with 6 seconds airtime on his foilboard + new 12
That said, some stuff I disagree on. Jump height - Woo is quite accurate, maybe off by a 1-2 feet, once in a while. 16ft is possible, and I suspect higher jumps are possible on the foil In marginal conditions. You can load the foil pretty hard, maybe more than a twintip... Wind speed - before kiting I was/still am a windsurfer for over 25 years and have also logged almost 200 sessions since starting kiting. That and the simple fact that iKitesurf was showing 4-6 miles for the hours I was on the water. Yes, there's wind gradient, gusts, location variation, season, tempos, etc. But, as any windsurfer will tell you - after years of sailing you just kind of know when the wind hits your face and you scan the beach, how much it's blowing.
I think the main point here with what Regis started about the Pulsion is not about specifics of wind speed to the mile. The deal with the kite is - it stays up in almost no wind w/o worry, with right technique gives you a massive boost of power in marginal conditions, it's superlight, and finally - it's not a complicated foil kite. I do quite a bit of super light backpacking and the materials Ben uses are similar to on some of the lightest tents in the world.
What I'm testing now is how Pulsion compares to BRM 13.5m and 8.5m Clouds with 5/10m line extensions for foiling. So far, I'm finding what Clouds have over Pulsion is turning speed, drift and instant depower. What Pulsion has over Clouds is grunt and total force generated. The other unusual thing (and the most interesting to me, personally) is that Pulsion's force on downstroke/loop lasts much longer than an LEI. Combined with a quick enough turning radius and solid balance in the air that may just be the combo that gets you on the foil in marginal conditions. That's what makes this kite unique.