RichR2 wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:04 pm
Thanks, I had seen that one but unfortunately it's a 15 and I'm after a 12m
Yeah, I am with you on this one - I have tried one strut and strutless light kites many times, and compared the 12 and 15 ranges, and found no advantages whatsoever with a 15, only disadvantages
The 15 will very fast begin to feel too powered when not riding "normal", also slower and when riding halfwind toeside you will get overpowered and feel unable to turn it as fast as a 12 (eventhough they turn quite fast most of them)
For freeriding/freestyle hydrofoil that is...
If you are somewhat more than average weight, of course the 15 is the choice, otherwise (IMO) it does not really make sense, and havent really found I could start earlier.
Even if I could, the small tad is not worth the disadvantages.
For beginners approaching lighter winds, or if using really fast or small wings, the 15 will work too of course - but most riding these wings use foil kites, but all usually bigger wings in this windrange.
Where they really work, is for other boards than foilboards - here the 15, and for some even bigger, can excel i many situations yes and the raw power is needed here.
So if used not solely for hydrofoiling, a 15 m2 could make the best sense too.
Just my preferences - I know we all differ hugely on this one