Today Shannon came to my local spot and let me test fly the Hellfish 13m.
I’m really appreciated for that.
The wind was light only about 10 to 12 mph with couple of gust to 14 mph.
I’m 130 lbs (60kg) and normally I would take a kite like F-One M3 16m or the Rapture 15m,
which is not that happy in that low wind with a directional board.
Since I wanted a real test I grabbed my F-One TT Style 128 X 35 real narrow board.
The first thing I noticed that the kite felt so light that I could barely feel any bar pressure in my hands,
even when the bar was pulled in for maximum power.
I couldn’t believe it, after couple of passes I could go up-wind,
like with the Rapture the only one could do so far.
I started doing some jumps up to about 13 feet according people on the shore.
I’m impressed doing that height with a small board in a light wind only on a 13m.
Just send it without any effort and feels like I could be riding on it all day without getting tired.
Sometimes I ride 4 to 6 hrs on a session.
The hangtime is unbelievable, it’s a different world, it just hangs straight up there.
I dropped the kite to the soup about 3 times after doing transitions,
but I could relaunch it very fast.
The steering speed and handling is so good that it feels like a 7 or 9m kite.
This is no bullcrap, no hype that’s for real.
The kite packs up small and feels like a 12 - 13m Ram Air type kite weight it’s so light.
I think it will revolutionize kiting and this is a big forward leap in kite designing history.
People could say the kite is the same old design or copy.
I don’t give a shite because after riding it the bottom line is,
it works without all the bullshit and 5th line.
Just by cutting the weight down it did what I was excepting from a kite like this.