I just looked up sylvan beach and now understand why you probably need a light wind solution.
At least you don't need to think about the tide!
Assuming the lake is relatively weed and debris free and deep enough, then foiling looks possible, maybe sometime in the future.
(BTW I don't foil)
Toby is an exceptional individual and talented kite surfer, known for using his 18m in higher winds. To the point where he has stated he has been challenged about launching such a large kite in the prevailing
wind, by someone who does not know him!
Until you become a little more experienced, your wind range on an 18m may differ from his
Watch his video, it'll make you want his kite!
Everyone has their own opinion and taste for lightwind, from foiling with smaller kites to big kites with a big twin tip or directional board (or even a short board) and everything in between.
I have owned and flown many big kites, but not the juice, so can't comment about it's characteristics.
One kite which continues to get good reviews which I might be tempted to look at is the OR Flite 17m
I first heard about it on this vid and subsequent reviews sound like it's still a great kite. Light, large yet fast turning - I need to demo one!
One pain in light wind is the re-launch, which you have had experience of already, especially when it goes down in the water. Some kites are better than others at re-launching, but quite often it just sucks.
Shallow water on a light wind summers day will allow you to really finesse getting the thing back up!
There is nothing like trying a kite out first, but often this is difficult. If you find an option to do so, even if it costs you return shipping, it'll be worth it.
badgb21 wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:05 pm
3-2-1 The foil gang are going to chime in and convert you to their ways!
Though you sound a prime target.
18m at 89Kg is a big kite! You sure you need such a big kite?
The Zephyr is known for it's higher wind range.
I'm a lot heavier and still find very diminishing returns over 15m.
I'm guessing if you got a foil board you wouldn't need another kite, but I'm sure they will advise accordingly.
Good luck with whatever you go with,
Thanks for your reply...I'm not sure about size, if you want to ride where I am more often you need a big kite...lots of 7-11kn days. A lot of the bigger guys here 190-220 have 17-18, and when the wind is up - 12-14m. For me, the NEO 12 is great once it gets past 12-14kn, I was just looking for something that rode a little more like the NEO and could get me out more often.
PS.FOIL's are tough where I'm at, I've only seen one guy use one, but we have lower winds, tons of chop and waves it just seems to me it would be tough to relaunch...I'm new, but I'm decent enough that the kite doesn't hit the water often. That said, I have 4.5m trainer ("water relaunchable FOIL", HYDRA 420) that I take out with friends, they crash it in 10 seconds and 7/10 times it hits the water, the water wins...huge pain in the as$.
Thanks again for the reply.