My feeling is that you can usually go higher in straps the key point is that boards used by the pros with boots have too much rocker to go much above 20 knots board speed for instance the North Vegas really wallows in the water when you try to get it to go fast, and it just won't go much faster than 20 knots no matter how hard you push it, while the boards used with straps can go 30 knots or more because of less rocker, so the guys in straps have a higher takeoff speed but they won't have as much pop over all I give I think you can go bigger in straps but it's because of the rocker on the wakestyle boards. Of course with less rocker you are landing harder, but in straps it's not as dangerous to wipe out, while in boots if you catch an edge you can get knocked down pretty hard. For king of the air everyone will be on either a C kite or some sort of C-shaped kite, like a C4, the main reason is that you are safest on a C kite or C shaped kite when doing megaloops as the C kites are the most reliable for the catch when the kite climbs back up after the loop. In any case riders are not going to switch gear right before the gnarliest competition of the year. They will all ride whatever was their main gear the previous year. Changing gear right before a competition like this is sketch. Most of the riders will be in boots and some sort of true C kite, that's because it's what they ride in the kiteboarding competitions.
I'm sure most of these guys aren't going to land hard anyway, they already know how to soften their landings (I hope)edt wrote: ↑Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:55 pm
That's how I ride. But there's a good chance you will break your board because it's not properly reinforced for boots. Nobody at the KOTA will ride this way. I wouldn't megaloop on a Pivot, seems dangerous because it doesn't climb back up as well after a megaloop like a torch does. Kevin does a lot of regular jumps and board offs, a pivot is great for that, more forgiving than a torch. I've never ridden a switchblade maybe it's good for kiteloops.