Low end wind speed you have kitesurfed 6-8 knotsGary. wrote:Low end wind speed you have kitesurfed 8-9 knts
Low end wind speed you managed to stay upwind 9-10 knts
LEI model, Naish Aero II
LEI size, 20sqm
your weight, 100kgs
board size 184cm
line lengt if different from standard. 27m
Well said !Anonymous wrote:The real low end of all powerful, grunty low-wind kites is between 7-8 kts. Yes, it may be possible to pop to a plane in 6 kts but if you wanÃ‚Â´t to do something else than breaking the low-end record, you need wind and that starts at 7-8 kts. Another thing, nobody, I say nobody can say that itÃ‚Â´s 7 kts or 8 kts, since the wind varies all the time depending on where you are, measuring height etc etc. So, you might measure 5 kts on shore, get out there and get even airtime and then you come back stating " 2 m jumps in 5 kts wind", despite the fact that you have no clue whether the wind was 5kts or 9kts when you were running out there. It might have been 11 kts at 15-20 m height where your kite is pulling the power. The correct way of measuring kiting wind would therefore be (?) putting an instrument 15 m up the flying lines of a kite, have it standing still in zenith and take the reading. In these very low wind speed, it is close to impossible to compare different situations since layering of the air causes sometimes great differences in wind speeds. Specially when the water & air temperatures may vary from each other by as much as by 15 C.
As stated before, the real low end of kite hasnÃ‚Â´t and will not move downwards since anything below 7-8 kts is not wind, itÃ‚Â´s very careful movement of air. Also, the laws of physics with itÃ‚Â´s square roots etc etc. takes care of the fact that real kiting allways has and allways will start at around 7-8 kts.
Why worry about the kts or m/s. You will anyway take a look at the water adn the trees and then decide whether to get out there or not.
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