I had another session on the 4.5 on Monday. Nice swell at the beginning and messy when the wind switched to mistral direction. Wind was 25/30 knots with lulls just above 20 and gusts close to 35 knots. Wind was quite strong and gusty at the end of the session and from on-side-on to side. It is really a very nice kite, very solid in the air and very fun. I was very comfortable in the gusts. Great high wind kites for wave riding. I had it in the water and relaunch is a formality (I had it in the water at the end of the session in small waves - in big waves, this will be more of a hit or a miss as with any kite but relaunch in small waves is very easy - I would say easier than with a LEI).
I have not tested the 3m yet but I am leaving with the truck and the family to Galicia / North Portugal tomorrow for 3 weeks and I hope I will be able to test it (I am not with an hydrofoil so I need 30+ to fly it). It will be nice to drive South to Guincho (that would be a great spot to test it) but I am not sure I will be able to make it (maybe Viana could work otherwise we have a lot of strong winds here in the fall).
nice domicile and no problem, I can wait till you find your 30 knts or an kite foiler with 20.
Funny thing, I found an old magazin from 2001, where Concept Air already showed up with a kite called "Wave". That's something about product / corporate identity. Don't think there is any other kite / brand out there with 17 years of history.
But actually I have something hands on, that is able to compensate nostalgic feelings till I get my 3 m² 2001 to 2017 Concept Air Wave ...
... just needs some love and restoration as the last 23 years haven't passed without some wear.
Horst I still have 4 different sizes of the Concept Air Wave that I pull out sometimes in the winter. I bought my first water relaunchable foil from Ben in 1999 and still use it to teach friends on the snow in winter. When I bought my first kite from them I could only find 3 manufacturers: Concept Air, F-One and Wipika. Tom James a windsurf mag. Editor helped me choose which to buy as there was little info available. I have bought about 20 kites from Concept Air and have had nothing but positive experiences in dealing with Ben. So you are correct they have one of longest histories in the sport. I too would like to try one of the new Smart waves in the small sizes. Just bought a Pulsion so will have to wait a few months.