this is my third attempt at this and hopefully it won't disappear in
to the void of cyberspace as the others did.
For those who dont know me I am Lachlan Beed (AKA Lachdude,Big
Daddy,Mr Float )proprietor of Kiteworks in Australia.I predominantly
ride arcs and you could call me a sponsored rider.It is rumoured
that I wear Peter Lynn rose coloured glasses .I do however take
them off to try out other kites so that I can see what I'm missing .
Here are some experience s with the Guerilla ARC
I have used 4 sizes the 10, 13 ,18,and 20
I have found that for riders 80-95 kg these seem to be the wind
ranges on a 145ish TT or wake style board.
10m 15-35 kts
13m 12-25 kts
18m 10-20 kts
20m 8- 16 kts
The upper ranges mentioned the kite is still quite manageable
without being scary and the bottom end is cruising along with small
jumps .In fact the low end of the 20 (basically an 18 with 2 cells
added in the centre to see what happens)is amazing .Mark Milewski
from Sydney was up here last week and was having a ball in winds
less than 10 kts .He was stoked .To give an idea of how light it was
at the same time many of the tube kites were falling out of the
sky .The kite is no slug to turn either .Mark said it felt like
flying his 1120 when powered up.
I have had orders placed by riders who predominanltly ride tube
kites also.Ben Merkenhof will be riding them this summer.On my
recent travels I had the opportunity to give riders of all skills
and kite backgrounds a go and saw riders in Holland on other pre
production kites ripping it up.The general consensous is that they
are a great kite.
So whats the difference between the Guerilla Arc and the FARC.Well
its quite similar in depower,awesome upwind ability and floaty jumps
but is quicker(great in the waves and transitions) and has better
relaunch.I have bowtied it a couple after overflying and luff but
actually relaunched with the bowtie in the kite and got back
in.Having said that the kite rarely crashes and my own personal
experience of relaunch and those I have witnessed is around 80%.
The upwind is so good on these kites that riders on them in comps
have been described as zone hogs, and a complaint was made in a
recent comp to judges that the upwind ability of the FARCs and
Guerillas give the riders an unfair advantage.They are lower ar than
the F and the flares have self inflated cells.
So who are they suited for?Anyone really .I have seen all types of
riders use them including beginners .The riders who come from tube
kites say that they notice the lighter feel in the bar
pressure ,love the upwind and float.The comment is usually a very
cruisy kite.Arc riders appreciate the higher performance but with
the friendly arc feel.When the Peter Lynn glasses are removed I have
tried various tube kites I have found that the 13 Guerilla is
similar in power,depower and turn speed to a 15m(approx) tube
kite .The grunt of a standard arc is still there but more depower.
When and where can you get them?Bear in mind that they are a 2003
kite .There are some pre production kites around .Speak to your
dealer or Vlieger Op in Holland .Its best not to bother the boffins
at Peter Lynn in NZ ,it will slow the R&D.
A quick word on woody boards .I really like them I had a ride on a
board the other day that really kicked arse.One thing about the
woodies that I like beside the price is the flex of the board gives
even more depower.
All the Best