Benoit just sent me this report on his Hydrofoil, that I translate as follows :
"Dream session with the 15m on St Jean lake that need 1 knot to fly .. one 360 loop, and go for a wonderful ride, I go upwind rapidly I ride very fast! 3.5 hours .magic "
Personal note : "1 knot" is maybe subjective , I would say 3 knots for MY wind references for my 12m
Hey what's the deal with exaggerating what low wind speed a kite can fly in ???....and that from the man itself who designs ,builds, and test rides it
3 knots is reasonable since the kite is super light but 1 knot is beyond subjective.. it is bs..so why would he say that ?...we see his excitement from his pride and joy..but isn't that false publicity ?
It won't fly in less wind than your 12 but it will have more power for sure to get you going easier and faster in very light winds that you take your 12 in right now
A medium size 15 sqm very light weight ram air with 30m distance from bar to kite on a foilboard at his weight and experience will require a 5-8 kn wind (avg 6.5 kn) at kite height to do what he did
...that's 5.7 to 9.2 miles of wind....7.4 miles average
That's just my strong opinion as you well know