TeabagVic wrote:I flew a trainer kite on land quite often in the past, I can even do kiteloop on this kite and I feel safe.
Used to own a psycho 8m, but didnt like the amount of gustyness in that wind range to make a session fun.
After selling it, my smallest kite became the Speed4 10m. Unfortunately before I used such a small kite the wind need to be above 30 knots, and here above 30 kts its getting quite gusty. Hot launching a foil in 30+ knots on a very small patch of gravel/logs is kind of risky (always hot launch these flysurfer, never learn how to launch them properly).
I bought an inflatable 9m that I still never used yet, hopefully there will be some 32-40 kts wind soon, unfortunately once the wind get that high it become too gusty for a 9m (gust to 45-55 kts gust sometimes, I pushing my 11m Ozone Edge in 44kts gust and I really didnt feel safe or enjoyed that 30 minute short session is what made me decide to buy a 9m for the rare occasion that I feel brave).
Dont feel like going smaller than 11m-10m. Reason I buy the 9m is in case I would travel somewhere one day to a place with steady 35-43 kts (but I am pretty sure that is impossible). And / Or try high wind here and feel safer than I felt on the 11m....
Small kites fall like a rock for someone that weight 200 lbs or more, or someone that cant do kiteloop. On top of that they are dangerous, feel a lot safer getting my line stuck in the bar making the kite loop constantly (dead spiral) on an overpower 15m than I would feel on a mid power 10m.
Yes 15m will bring more pull every loop, but it will give you lot more time to untangle yourself or to cut the lines or to think about what to do etc...
I raise my hat to people riding small kites, you guys have either:
1- Lots of skills!!!
2- Balls of Steele!!!
3- Suicidal tendency!!!
hey bud, why are you flying your kites in so much wind?!
I am 240lbs and wouldn't think of launching a 9 in winds approaching 40 knots (unless I am on my speed kit), for sure I could hold it down if it was a high depower kite but the margin for error is tiny. Unless you are going for the speed record, you shouldn't be on the 9 in that much wind. The 9m should work from 20-25 mph. Get yourself a 7!
I got myself a 7m C4 this year, I have never owned anything smaller than a 9 up to that point and in 35 knots that 9m (Fuel) was getting hairy! The 7 is SO much fun. You can jump to the moon when you're properly powered on it and kiteloops are a hell of a lot of fun! Ignore what Toby says
I also come from a flysurfer background and didn't like launching the Psycho 3 kites when it was windy due to the tip tuck but hot launching them is suicide! Please learn to launch them at the edge of the window, much safer.