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 Post subject: Re: Testing the 9 m Ovando 2010
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:51 pm 
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already posted a reply but it disappeared so here it is again . . .


well the weather man got it wrong . . .

the wind came in great today for about 2 hours . . . it started around 14-15 knots and ended up 17-20 knots . . .

i rigged the 9m and was flying on my new 132x39 . . . 25m lines on a 50cm bar . . .

the kite is so precise . . . in this wind, i did not need to depower it . . . it is powerful but stable and produces some airtime easily . . . feedback to the bar is great . . . you know where the kite is at all times . . . and no stalling anywhere

could have rigged the 7m but the 9m was still fun when the wind dropped back to 16 to 18 . . .
and i was really enjoying the feel of the 9m as i got more used to it . . . the 7m is still my favorite . . . but i can see that the 9m would work great in waves too . . .

i do crave the 5m but hard to justify when i have a 6m ripper . . .

well, hope the wind comes in for you to try your kites . . . the 9m ripper is a great kite too . . .

Mario


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 Post subject: Re: Testing the 9 m Ovando 2010
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:44 pm 
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Location: Tarifa / Got 2 Ovandos and a Ripper
stefaans wrote:
perfect that would be great.



Hi

You asked for it , so you got it .

I was on the parking lot waiting for a 9m to appear ( either someone landing or going out ) but had no luck , most of the 9m kites were on the water and landed only 10 / 11 meters ..... finally after 15 minutes waiting a folk with a 10 m Ozone XC light came in and he was so friendly to let me put my kite on top of his to compare .

I must say that in that particular area the wind kept moving my kite so I managed to hold it half way with my bar on the centre and my board on the side I made the pics , on the other side ( top of the pic ) there was nothing to hold the kite so ......

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Unless someone say that the 10 m Ozone is not a 10 m but bigger , I guess the question has been answered

Saludos


Franz

PS. Sorry for the size of the pics , the are made with my iphone and no matter what I do , they always appear in that size here in the forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing the 9 m Ovando 2010
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:19 pm 
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Hi

So , finally got the time to test the kite in its upper end and the best of all : Tarifa is back again for the locals !!!!!

Here a pic of our famous " charca " which happens once in a while with full moon or after a decent storm so we get the counted days to ride in flat water , from the pic you can see that it goes from Tarifa town up to 2 mares which makes about 5 or so miles of flat water to enjoy :naughty:

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Anyway .... was able to test as I said before the top end of this kite with up to ( at moments ) 30 knots . ( by the way .... it work just fine , not that I would pump this kite in such winds but it is definitely enjoyable ) again , in normal conditions . I would not even dream of using the OV´s in extreme gusty conditions like we use to get when our east winds ( Levante 9 blows with full force and even worst ; on their top end .

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I was kiting from around 14.30 till 16.30 so can see the wind chart

The kite works just great , when you want to squeeze the last bit of low end you need to have a " fine " finger tip in order to get all the juice out of this kite but above 15 or knots it works like any other out there .

When I went out I have the kite already with the trim strap ( or as I call it de-power strap ) 1/3 trimmed , I managed to keep kiting with the trimmer fully pulled and I was positive surprised that the kite does not feel in any way funny at all , most kites I have tested ( and owned ) in the past several years worked fantastic as long as you kept your hand away from the de-power strap and as soon as you started getting overpowered most of these kite ( in worst cases ) got really shit , bar pressure started to increase , the turn got slower and reacted jellyfish when they were hit by gusts but the OV works in this conditions like always .... like it really a lot , so no worry you need to trim this kite down , it works very well

Also it pulls like a truck .... you must take attention to the trim strap ( I mentioned before ) as soon as you feel that you are keeping the bar on the upper 1/3 you MUST trim this kite down , remember that the CL line throw is only 25 cm so you better keep the bar in the lower 1/3 if you want to have some de-power abilities if gusts hits you . It takes a few strokes to figure it out but then it goes automatic so it can be that after todays 2 hour session I trimmed the kite probably half a dozen times ...

The most I enjoy with this kite is wave riding , the turning abilities are really something else from the rest and although I never ever have been a kitelooper , I must say that kite-looping the OV makes lots of fun !!!

Something funny ( or better say different ) I found out today , this kite is NOT a sort of : keep it at 11 ,send the kite to 12 , make the cut hard with your board type of jumper , it likes speed ( better if you keep it at 10 or so ) send the kite hard to 12 and if possible a kicker or wave for jumping , the jumps are smooth and if you are over powered it can pull you really hard ... even when landing ..... a new experience but fun (at least for me ) .

So..... in terms of low end , this kite kick the ass of all other kites out there . It is a fantastic kite for wave riding and if you have some level it can be a fantastic overall free rider kite ( I am not a free styler so can´t say anything about this kite in terms of unhooked riding )

Also ..... is really much more fun to ride with a 9 m as with a 11 /12 in the same conditions ....I think this says it all.

Stay tuned ..... got a 9m & a 6m Ripper for testing ( specially in our east winds ) so as soon as get some water time on those kites I will write a review .

Have fun

Saludos


Franz


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