grigorib wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:48 pm
BraCuru wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:37 pm
Pedro Marcos wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:31 pm
So yesterday i got to test an extreme lightwind combo that completly changed my opinion about in how light winds you can foil:
The board is the main key to the LW Kingdom. Not a kind of kite or a foil.
It is when you ride a door. But for a foil as long as you're up on a foil upon first kite dive, what does board matter?
I know for sure that my large 20.5"x9" wing MHL takes off water way earlier than even my 548 wing and it's only transitions that are tricky.
In such a light wind this is what will happen:
1 - Go on the water with side wind and keep the kite moving to "try" that it doesnt drop from the sky, keeping tension on the lines.
2 - Do the first loop to start (or big stroke) that will be just enough to put you "standing" on the board: and this is where the board is important, if you have a low volume board it will sink before you have enough time to give another stroke/loop on the kite, with a bigger board you will manage to stand on it and do another loop to start you moving, and then another one to give you enough speed to lift your foil.
3- point 1 and 2 will happen again everytime you fail to jibe/tack properly, and the big board will allow you to touchdown for more time.
The foil you use just change the following:
- Big area: you will lift faster/earlier/at less speed but because the foil its slower it will be worst on the lulls
- Smaller area: harder to get enough speed to lift but better on the lulls and better glide on transitions.
So i guess something in the middle will be best.