I never look at a wind meter and rarely check the forecast, my friends do, so I don't.
But it felt around 12-13 mph when we started and it built to 18-19 mph peak time and then back down to 15 mph as the sun went down.
Nothing really big got rigged, wind was supposed to build to 20 so nobody whipped out monster kites.
Kites were Flysurfer 15M, Kahoonas 13.5M, two C4 11M, Renegade 13M, Best TS 12M, a Slingy Octane ..eventually we had kites down to 10M Vegas and 9.5M Kahoona when the wind kept coming up.
I stayed on the Renegade 13M when the small kites could finally come out and play.
No problem, I just swapped to my Shinn Monk 132X41 when the Oxygen wasn't needed.
It was twintips and a few skims to try to help in the lighter winds, no directionals in that shallow bay.
Some of the twintips were pretty big and some were normal, the skims are obviously wide and flat.
Not sure what was under the Flysurfer.
I've have been on the Infinity V1 twice and it is a powerhouse for me, too much kite in our gusty lakes.
The V1 Infinity drags me around in the gusts a bit, if you use a bar with a long throw, it was better.
I have talked to two people who got on the Infinity V2 and it is much more manageable in the gusts.
I am familiar with the Screamer 14M, I used it as my lightwind kite for several months and found that it turned faster than the monsters and had great power and went upwind very well, but that it was hard to relaunch in really light wind, so it made me ride too carefully, trying not to drop it.
That hinders the screwing around and jumping and dumping the kite and trying new things.
I wanted to get away with as small a kite as possible, and was not sure going down a size was a great idea but I'm tired of monster kites.
So I decided to move to an easy relaunch kite in the Renegade 13M for lightwind and it works.
Some of my local buds fly the Zephyr 17M and Turbine 17M and Infinity 15M, Turbo 14M, Waroo 15M & 17M, Big Mama 15M, Switchblade 16M, Ozone C4 15M, Flysurfer Speed 15M.
My Renegade 13M and Oxygen 135X47 twintip combo holds it's own again all of those kites.
I have flown the Screamer 12M kite and it is a jumping monster
but I have found that for me the R7 / R11 / R13 quiver works better in our gusty lake winds.
I do have a 3G Screamer 10M LTD Edition that is the best of the Screamers for our conditions.
If you want that massive Screamer boost and float, but need a better gusty wind kite than the standard Screamers,
the Screamer LTD is shaped differently so handles gusts better.
It is a little more C shaped than the regular Screamers and I like that shape and feel better.
Turns fast, comes around and climbs really nice, a very fun exciting kite to fly.
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