I could agree with that two kites could be preferred in different conditions, but I still think both would need drift. On shore you follow your kite directly, and down the line, if you park your kite, drift is critical.windsuks wrote:Yup I've often thought that there could be two dedicated wave kites....
1/. Cross Shore down the line
each would/could have quite different traits
Check what a kite designer see as "important trait":tautologies wrote:What traits do you see as important?
Bah, as much as I respect his history in the industry..upwind ability as the first criteria for a wave kite?Phil wrote:Check what a kite designer see as "important trait":tautologies wrote:What traits do you see as important?
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I don't think a kite that upwinds well is going to drift very well or turn as well. It just means that when you're on the outside working your way back up you need to be as efficient as possible and remember that every time you send it off the perfect ramp it's one less wave that you'll be getting.Well, unless you are going for a straight downwinder and have someone to pick you up, upwindability is relatively important. Maybe not as important as drift and stability, but still. Upwind, it could be argued, is on the top of every style of kiting except one that is dedicated to only going downwind. Any trick you do that takes you off your tack (jumps, surface tricks, ripping in the surf) will be pulling you downwind, so the faster you can get back to start is the faster you can get back to what moves you.
Kiting is decidedly less fun when you are fighting upwind and can't seem to get there fast enough.
@ Flight Time +1...the criteria we sought were: Fast, non-pivotal powerful turning; excellent upwind ability; predictable drift; maximum de-power; easy re-launch; moderate bar pressure (so you can 'feel' the kite.) To us, this is what makes a great wave kite.
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