Dr Surf Australia wrote:
Interested to hear others experience with the 8m Sonic so add your post.
Just came back from a trip in WA, and I've used the 8m 6 days out of 7 in various conditions from medium to strong winds on flat and waves.
Basically, every time was a blast, the kite delivering the power you're asking for and behaving as expected from a good modern kite.
The 8 can be used when the 11 starts to be well powered, so there is definitely some overlap between the sizes, which is good when you're sharing a quiver or when the wind changes a bit throughout the session. So basically, I was using the 8 as soon as possible which must be around the 18kts or when it is seriously whitecapping.
As a comparison, with 87kgs I used my 8m while my friend at 67 was still comfortably using his 11, on similar boards
The most remarkable thing was on a day when the wind was awfully shifty gusty side/sideoff the two 8m Sonic had still lots of fun and scoring a 2hrs+ session while all other riders who showed up gave up rapidly. Sometimes it was a hard work but despite this terrible wind, it was still possible to gain ground upwind and never being blown out of the edge. Speed and power control is just impressive. Upwindability is better than anythg I know, and it allows to explore the playground, and chase the best breaks, jump and surf on all tacks, nevermind the currents, the gusts, etc...
In terms of kitelooping, it's definitely not a pussy thing, you get the yank you've asked for, no cheating, and the kite curves in the air on a decent radius, unlike the flatter kites.
In the surfs, I really enjoyed it, not much else to say, it can be depowered when waiting for the wave behind to grow. And the kite is so stable it won't get wet even when the 4 lines are completely slack. The kite can be underlooped at the bottom or at the off the lip and any excess of power can be released later to adjust the curves. I have the tool for the job, now it's about practice and skills.
Unhooked? at my entry level of plain basic raileys it's working perfectly, without any need to adjust the power before or after unhooking, but that's all I can say.
The only thing I didn't like is that I have been overpowered a few sessions with this kite while I was expecting to be able to use it without limits. So somehow I'd like to have a 5 or a 6m Sonic for those days.