Bows for me are a far better kite to fly, and in waves they rule for sure.
The one big advantage I also see is they relaunch so easily and that is what a beginner wants, why spend time swimming and farting about for ages, when all you have to do is pull on a steering line and up she goes!!.
More time flying and learning new moves with confidence of not getting hauled and haveing the shit kicked out of you, this destoyrs confidence and has put many a beginner off for good!!.
Not all people who will want to get into the sport in the future will have come from a water sport background like a good deal of today's kitesurfers, and to have to confidence in a relaunch sytem and full de-power I think will outway any advante a C kite has.
I have riden both for long enough to make the choice, and have now sold all my C kites as they are just
hard work compared to the Bow's. I only have two kites now and spend more time on the water as a result, no coming in to change with the wind speed!!
I agree - very well said
Here we use the bows for kiteschool now.
So much easier to teach - especially on land, it is so much safer !
We also show and maybe demonstrate/teach how a "C" kite looks/works - but only so they are aware of the principles in those
And when we are out riding, with the exact same Bow kites they are using on kiteschool - they fully understand that you dont need a "beginner" and "intermediate" and "pro" kite anymore.
There is a kite for ALL levels
I was very reserved with the bow kites the first two months...
Apparently because I was so used to "C" kites, that it took very long to adapt to Bow kites.
But suddenly, it changed, as I discovered more and more positive sides - and from now on I go Bow
The odd thing is, that I am very often planning to take a C kite out to compare - but because the bows are getting better and better every day you practice, I havent done it once the last month
Kindly, Peter Frank