Which would be the ideal snowkite from Airush? also which size is recomended for normal riding (very expirienced water kiter and snowboarder)
Please let me know I need to order my snowkite and will only get 1.
I will be snowkiting around Denver.
I have a quiver of C kites and one old school kite 6M shopuld I just use the inflatable 6M?
I had no idea that Airush did foilkites. All I know is that Gege is quite clearly one of the best glider/mountaineer kiters I have seen, based on those short clips posted. Being afraid of heights, I wonder how anyone dares such feats. That Chasta+Gege gliding one is my alltime favorite youtube clip, and these Lauteret Pass people are the pioneers who got me interested, without them I would not be kiting. I would be very interested. It's unbelievable how quickly Ozone/Chasta have advanced the performance level of foilkites, and I would hope these new Airush kites will be comparable. Where can we demo/compare them in the Rockies?
I think Crazee should sell the Airush foils and operate a still, Wreknball should sell the Ozones and make competing moonshine, Montucky would become the modern day Appalachia. (Insert "Deuling Banjoes" theme here.) I will play the fence and test kites in exchange for jugs of XXX. I'm not goin' back up there without granpappy's ol' muzzle loader though.
All valid and interesting points, and "Harden the Funk Up" has my abdominals aching. Dont miss that one. Thank you! I fly both Manta foils and Inflatos but I am primarily in the ocean riding waves, and it is easier and cheaper for me to ride my inflatos in everything. I do fly my old foils a lot on snow, I love them in light steady thermal wind, and I do enjoy the sometimes minimal set-up time, (somehow my LEI buddy always beats me getting out there so it's not that big a deal). I also dont like to risk damaging my wave kites on barbedwire fences. Unlike the Alps, all of The US Rockies locations are bordered in barbed wire, you deal with that or horrific steel snow fences all the time. My 1st session at Skyline I put a nice big aspen tree right thru my brand new Manta. It's a lot easier to sew up a foil kite and they ride the same after any repair.
But there is one other thing to consider about foils: if you fly when it's snowing and warmer, they get heavy with melting snow and saturate badly. They become useless when its like that, though it's more of a spring thing, or lower elevation. If it happened in light wind miles from your car, you would be walking/skinning/postholing.
If I had the money I would be happy to enjoy the latest advances in foil technology on snow every season, be it Airush or whatever. I have had great experience with the Ozone people hooking me up with replacement bits, and Brian jumps in there and teaches you when you are new, helps search when you get lost, and free beer upon recovery is also a factor if you ever weather a storm in dry-ass Utah. That is what I call support! The kites themselves have never failed in any way. But now you got me curious, I want to see what Gege flys, and how is the latest Frenzy! It's a great time for kiting, seeing the gear improving in such leaps and bounds. Stoked! More technology! Living in Denver, you gotta hike up to the goods and the elevation is drier, and hopefully you can ride out if your on ski's or a split if theres a problem. A 10m modern foil would be a great one kite option for that.
But I'll bet you would have a lot of fun on that original small C kite too, for sure.