Just an independent 3rd party with NO vested interest.
He was intending to buy one BEFORE the test ride.
Just putting it out there to balance the hype.
Some names removed to protect the source.
May interest you, may not, but I tried the new Hellfish 13m yesterday.
Glad I didn't sell my kites to buy one!
The wind was maybe 10 to 12 knots. Gusting to 15, at a guess. The wind stats said 17.
No one could get it going ! There was a guy on an Airrush 14 going upwind and jumping, while XXXX on the Hellfish was just running downwind and walking back.
I had a go, but could not get going. It was really hard to fly. Really fast! I mean REALLY fast! Like a 7 m! But if you sheeted in at all, the kite would stall really badly.
The consensus was that the kite is TOO fast! Also, it feels every little gust, with no give.
Saw it crash 4 times.
Then a guy (XXXX) went out on a 13 Airrush and was fully powered and doing vertival rotations. Still the Fish wasn't going.
Several tried, I dont think any were impressed.
Ended up on my 16, just able to get upwind. Others were going good with 14's to 18's
Had to tell someone!