iblocalsurfer wrote:A 17m Fat Lady with a 5'11" Fish. Mostly upwind wave riding though which is still a blast if there is any kind of swell. Can get a little sketchy if the wind gets too light/onshore and there is size. Mainly because it's easier to outrun your kite. Anything over 11 mph is doable as long as your kite drifts well and not prone to falling.
Jens, for the most part you are right, but some of the best wave riding session can happen here (MI side of Lake Michigan) on the "die-down", e.g. when the waves are still good size and the wind shifts from West to NW side shore and drops into the 15 kt range, holding the waves up nice and clean.jens wrote:Depends on where you are. In the Great Lakes there is no "Ground swell" , whatever waves there are are a result of the wind you are experiencing at the moment. So no light wind wave riding. That said the biggest I have used lately is a 10 but for the most part the waves aren't worth getting excited about until it is 8/9meter wind.
Windmaker is spot onwindmaker wrote:There is no limit to what kite size can be used when riding a surfboard but only if you are not riding waves.
Proper wave riding with anything bigger than 10m is difficult. Typical small/medium wave speed is 15k so if the wind is that light there is no point in using a bigger kite because once on the wave you will be traveling faster than the wind and your direction of travel will be determined by the kite not the wave.
In big waves (they are faster) and light wind you create a lot of apparent wind (if the wind direction is right) so here again a big kite is no help as you can easily get over powered with an 8m in light wind.
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