I've been following this thread the whole time and there is nothing in this thread that suggests or proves the light wind claims made by epic to be false IMO.
You only get to say one of these things. The claim he made was that he could kite in 2 to 4 knots. You cannot argue that he cannot compete because he is heavier.I hear ya... I saw that too. The thing is Dimitry is heavier, on shorter lines, smaller kite, smaller board... which is why I was saying nothing was resolved during that demo.
The burden of proof will on the person making the claim. You cannot just say "Oh it was averaging 3 knots", and then leave it to the rest of the world disprove it.
No one is saying it is a shitty kite. What is being disputed is a claim that you can kiteboard in walking speed wind.
They have access to a prototype kite?I've seen videos and heard comments from folks that TRIED the kite which suggest they are more true than not true.
It is by judging how reasonable a claim is. It is called face validity.So I'm not sure where you're getting the "over the top" claims from (yet) unless you have tried the kite yourself?
If you and Old would try a thought experiment. Do not take this as an attack on anything. I tried asking before but never really got an answer. Let us imagine you standing on the beach trying to launch your kite in no wind.
You'll say..there is no wind. Cannot kite in no wind there is not enough energy to keep the weight of all that material and bladder to pull it AND me in those conditions, if you start walking backwards in walking speed...would you think it reasonable to be able to launch your kite? and fly it? Or do you think you';ll just really drag your kite along the beach? Do you find it reasonable that a kite could hold its own weight in addition to pulling you along in walkingspeed wind?
The point here is that sure it probably does fly in light wind...but so does a lot of other great light wind kites. I have been surprised more than once at how early I can ride and have fun with the naish fly...but 2 knots? No way.