Jessica, unless we're somewhere down South, we're riding whatever the nature is throwing at us.
Which consists of:
90% of 10-20kn
5% of 20-25kn
and 5% of 20-40kn
Yeah... not everybody lives where it blows 18kn all year round....
So as such, 9m + 130ish board should do the job. At my level of riding I rarely bother going to a spot unless there's a solid 18kn (average) forecast anyways.
Thanks for the input!
Meanwhile I'm having hard time holding more praising for the 10m LTD, so here it goes - this thing is MENTAL!!! Had a chance to fly it last Monday on Champlain and it was, one of the crappies days I had on that spot ever! ON/OFF all day long and during the "ON" periods it was oscillating between 10 to 25 knots... So at one point it got a little too much for my 13LTD, so I've pumped up the 10LTD and went out despite the fact that the wind was dropping again. Well, tough sh#t!!! My buddy had troubles keeping up with me with his 13LTD despite being lighter and riding a bigger board!
10LTD has an insane low-end and even if it's not enough for jumping, you can still go upwind and ride like there's no Tomorrow! I was also rather surprised by the gust-handling ability of that kite - nothing like the first generations. 3G(II) eats gusts for breakfast! In my experience this is one of the smoothest 10m-s to date!
I remember somebody recommending the 10LTD as the perfect 1-kite-quiver. Couldn't agree more!
Dimitri, where ever you were going with this kite, please don't change the direction!