jats2k9 wrote:Well, the reason why I would like to try C kites (other than getting into wakestyle), is because of the quick reaction to input these kites have (I have noticed this on videos, and on the few C kite riders at my spot. I've never tried one) .
Gioro_T wrote:This thread makes ma hungry for a 13, 11 & 9m Fuel quiver ...
I also heard Hadlow Pros are delicious ...
And what about those Torches ? ...
JGTR wrote:C kites aren't all about wake style, they offer direct feel and predictable handling. As a unhooked newbie (which I still am ) I found C kites to be much more user friendly, the bow kites that I were using would just yank me straight off the water when unhooked and would basically keep pulling until well after I had landed. The C kites would give a nice pull when loaded and as soon as I was airbourne the pull reduces so you don't get spanked - slack with regard to unhooked isn't just for the pros doing mobes etc it also for us mere mortals. In addition C kites just behave alot better unhooked, after crashing the kite will just go to 12 and sit there and can be hooked in very easily wheras bow kites you have to fight them. The myth about C kites is that they are power machines - in certain circumstances they are but in general they are more stable, smoother through the sky, have more predictable power production and behave in a consistent and predictable manner when unhooked.
In all seriousness - disadvantages are not as great wind range so sometime you need more kites, relaunch not as easy as bows (but this will only take a few sessions to sort out so it isn't really a problem), a bit more harder on the arms and legs than some of the bow kites and you have to wear boardies over your wetties, ride boots and call everyone bro...is is it bra or blood????
edt wrote:Then after you learn how to ride a C kite you can go back to a bridled kite.
this is almost the same as riding a modern hybrid C kite with a bridle, you get the C kite experience, but the tensioned 5th line acts to depower the kite when you push out the bar
Then after you learn how to ride a C kite you can go back to a bridled kite
but Fuel and Torch are completely different kites
Yeah - take a wrong turn on the Vegas and it will start looping you onto the beach even in marginal wind
JGTR wrote:Really? Vegas's are very popular at my beach and I've never seen anything like this happen - infact alot of the beginners that move onto them absolutely love them
JGTR wrote:line the leading edge can be made smaller which improves aerodynamic performance and the 5th line will help to stabilise the shape of the kite when loaded up for jumps/turns/loops which improve stability and power delievery.
edt wrote:JGTR wrote:line the leading edge can be made smaller which improves aerodynamic performance and the 5th line will help to stabilise the shape of the kite when loaded up for jumps/turns/loops which improve stability and power delievery.
that's definitely true too. I think it's ok to go back to a bridled kite especially as you get older and decide to explore waves & strapless, less punishment to the body as long as you have tried out the C kites and understand what is going on there.
5th line does act to support the LE but not for depower.
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