I was actually very happy how well it flew as well as performance. I hadn't tried it up until now because the times when I could get away to kite, it was blowing 15-20 so I would use my 13.5 and 17. We only have a patch of grass to launch on so I was waiting for a time where the winds were strong enough to ride, but low enough not to give me any heart attacks.foilholio wrote:Wow Eric I am surprised you took so long to give it a try ! You sound happy but not ecstatic. What expectations did the kite not meet?
My summer kitesurfing is over after many sessions with an A15/18m. The very last session marked the very first time I dropped the kite. Jumped off a wave and was sloppy with the kite, left it overhead too long, and swung way under it in only 11mph of wind. It must have twisted 5 times as it drifted down to the water, and then kept going in a loop - not a death loop, just flipping over and over on the water surface. I quickly realized that if I didn't eject, the lines might well become too wrapped to slide freely, so eject I did. I was 150 yards from shore in surf, and unfortunately directly upwind from a swimming area - my first concern was keeping the kite out of that swimming area. I swam - dragging the kite - along the shore to clear the people in the water, and my kite was helped ashore by a friend on a knee board.foilholio wrote:If you want to avoid self rescue nightmares stay close to shore. Even I get worried about the 22m, it's a lot of fabric.
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