Where are you? I have no need for anything larger than the 12m. I can ride that down to 8-9mph with the foil and, well, lighter than that I can stay in bed. As I mentioned to someone else, the more I ride the foil the more I have to train myself to rig small, very small. I think I could probably run a 5m + 9m quiver for foiling, or 5/8/12 maybe.
Funny what you say about Stefaans blowing me up. He's a good friend and we were playing around. In that video he's on an early Spotz and I was still really just learning my foil. He's since ridden my Alpinefoil and says conclusively that it goes upwind 10° higher than anything else he's ridden. Slower, but higher angle. Very simple question of lift. The Spotz, etc are SMALL compared to the Alpinefoil XLP, which is quite a large foil. In that video you're referring to I was going off the wind to get the video angle and he was tracking upwind; if I had wanted to I could have tucked in and angled even higher than him.
As far as the kite is concerned, the Clouds are lower aspect than the Edges that most of the racers are on right now, yes. I'm not racing, but I don't suffer for any sort of whatever reception there at Crissy. To the contrary. Everyone is open minded and simply seeking the best performance and raddest gear that they can get their hands on. Again, I'm not racing (yet), but many of my friends there at Crissy are starting to recognize the unique properties of the Clouds, at least for free riding. Racing TBD, but I did have a very amusing and fun moment there on Thursday where there were 3 racers with Ozone Edge's down in the water on the inside in very puffy holey 0-20 mph side-off conditions, and I launched with my 7m Cloud and and threaded my way through them all, talking to them as them sat in the water as I rode by, and then blazed through the wind line and upwind of the whole pack of racers. That did not go un-noticed by the racer crew.
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