bigwave wrote:Mike did anyone at or under 75kg try the W18 in some light wind?
Icebird gives a good lowdown (I think he said he's fairly light), though there are some issues at foot placement and keeping the rail in with smaller feet. Like many say it's strongest point is not absolute upwind angle, but the thing has a lot of efficiency.
I would say that, for lightweights, the speed of the thing (both sizes) and the appetite for bearing off and increasing apparent wind (as opposed to pointing upwind and slowing the kite) makes them lean more to the efficient 'front of the window' style kites for lightweight riders.
Heavyweights don't see this too much anyway, as their general riding power tends to push even fat kites further forward. That said this is now leading into the subject of rider weight vs kite style, which I think is one of the most under discussed and important aspects of modern kiting, but that is a whole other can of worms. It's just that in the speedball's case its effect is more pronounced, so yes - W18 as a lightweights light win board, just not with a big fat "sat at the back of the window" kite
(which you should not be using anyway