chemosavi wrote:Ted B. took a third on a Titan 15.5, yea you got it right, one of those "ram airs" that new poster was so careful to point out the flaws of. Jeez, he must be one hell of a kiteboarder to overcome all those deficiencies and still place in a competition!
I don't want to diss Ted (again) but ram lovers holding up these sorts of results as evidence of the superiority or just adequacy of ram airs are FULL OF IT.
Coming 3rd in a QUALIFIER event means NOTHING. Ram lovers holding up these sorts of minor results actually works in reverse. If ram airs can't cut it in the major competitions with the big boys, they can't be very good.
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There are 18 qualifying events for the King of the Air. The WINNER from each qualifier wins a trip and spot in the TRIAL rounds of the main event. 2nd, 3rd etc get nothing.
If Ted Bautista on a ram air came 3rd in Nth Carolina, he ranks approx 3rd amongst the other qualifying rounds ie 18 x 3 = 54. So he ranks between 54 and 36. Adding in other competitors like Lou Wainman, he probably ranks a lot lower.
Because of aerodynamic inferiority, ram airs simply CANNOT cut it in the BIG competitions with the BIG boys. At the main Red Bull King of the Air, Ted Bautista and other ram lovers will not make it into the top 50. If an event is small enough and the field is small enough, anyone can win riding anything.
Ignore the lies. Ignore the ram air propaganda. Ram airs are aerodynamically inferior to inflatables and nothing can change this.