Had a great session on the Speed 3 19m today.
I was at home when I saw the sensor at one of my two local beaches go to 9mph.
Jumped in the car. By the time I got down there it was averaging 8mph and there were
huge glassy patches on the water.
I set up the kite and decided to test out the very low end for me at 225lbs plus gear (345 wetsuit, life vest and helmet). I took out the Flydoor M 155cm x 42.5. I normally ride surfboards, but I wanted to test out this combo for a friend.
I could hold my ground and cruise around.
I could regain ground after riding a wave, but it was quite tricky as I had to avoid the big kelp beds.
I'm sure that with a Door L or XL I would have been able to go upwind no problem.
After half hour or so the wind became a bit more irregular with nasty lulls.
The wind was straight side shore and it was stronger on the beach than out on the water.
Lulls were getting really low. At times I could not plane, but to my suprize the kite kept flying just fine. It's bloody amazing how this ultra light fabric just floats up there.
Half of the time I was riding over totally glassed out spots where I could see the sea bed.
It was pretty cool and quite a feeling riding such glassy waves.
After about an hour of the wind picked up a bit, but still no white caps.
Boy did the kite wake up.
At around 10mph it's sweet. Effortless cruizing with a parked kite leaning nicely against the kite
and going upwind. Nice floaty jumps. The surf was nice so I dropped into the waves and rode half way down the beach practically forgeting the kite and letting it drift.
This kite really jumps nicely. It's just so darn easy to hold your edge and send the kite.
What I would do is get up some good speed then well powered up I would send the kite on a gradual climb and then snap the kite just before it reached 11 to 11:30. Real nice and smooth.
Float is great, but that's to be expected for a 19m, but the suprize is how quick you can redirect this big bird.
Landings... all feather light. You can really consider going big with a delicate surfboard.
Once the wind got upto an average of 12mph I was light and boosting jumps in the gusts of about 15mph was a blast. Big, looooong and floaty.
When I cam in at the end of the session a group of 20 year olds came over and said they were blown away by the jumps. Looks like I've recruited three more new kiters....
The low end on the Speed 3 19 is pretty much the same as the Speed 2 19, but it's more fun and more versatile. Jumps are more imidiate and you don't have to fight the kite as much when you send it. It's just way easier to get the jumps just right.
Compared to the previous Speeds... both the Speed 1s and Speed 2s the new Speed 3 has all the low end, but none of the runnaway train problems. It is very easy to control your speed.
When sheeting all the way out the kite depowers but does not shoot forward in the wind window so the power turns off quicker.
I have set the kite to full soft steering (makes the kite more responsive) and lengthened the front lines by 1.5 or 2 inches.(Adjusting a leader line). Lengthening the front lines helped get better low end without riding with the bar right in your chest and gets a bit more grunt out of the kite. I would advise everyone to do this. You can still shorten the front lines back to stock and shorter with the adjustment strap.
Here's the windgraph:
I was out from about 2pm to 5pm.... no one else on the water.
One kiter pumped up, but didn't launch.. packed up and left.
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