But a big kite session with 10-11m2 can also be great - with the most beatiful clean green waves and sunny
I was just pointing that saying "10-11m2 as a big kite" session does not add up for most of us
You must live in an always windy place Peter
Many 2012 big kites (15-17-19m2) that turn fast and are fun in waves will allow you to go DTL
Give any of those kites 12 knots and you can go frontside or backside DTL and kill it in the waves
Large kites do not fly like pigs anymore
Agreed to each his own in it's own environment
Nope, we dont have a lot of wind - we have ALL winds - it can be windy, but it can also be dead for long periods, so all kite sizes are needed here.
The issue is not whether you got low winds or not though - and it is not because the big kites fly bad I have never seen anybody using these in waves.
It is simply because, you can still not go DTL in winds where a 15-17-19m2 is needed (average weight 80kg that is).
12 knots is not really light (but light, agree) - and as Brent says, he can ride on a fish with a 10m2
So my point is, that I dont believe anyone can ride DTL in winds where those kitesizes up to 19m2 are needed
It is the lack of windspeed that makes it impossible or very very bad - as you have the wind straight from your back, so you need to turn your board extremely fast in the turns.
Doing this, a small kite will give the same or more power IMO, because it does not lose power when turned like the bigger ones always will.
Of course the big ones are sligthly better at going back upwind, that is true - but for riding the waves they are ALWAYS worse IMO, no matter how light the wind
Meaning - even in really light wind, around here at least - you mostly see 9m2 SLE kites as the max size even for the heavier riders too, when talking waveriding.
A few got a big 11m2 for extremely light conditions though
Bigger kites only used for TT's and Raceboards here, never for waveriding.