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
tautologies wrote:What traits do you see as important?
Phil wrote:tautologies wrote:What traits do you see as important?
Check what a kite designer see as "important trait":
http://www.lesfoilz.com/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 817&p=7749
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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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