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Kite for 35 knots

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Created by stray A week ago, 12 May 2018
stray
SA, 7 posts
12 May 2018 9:14AM
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Hi all,
just wondering what would be a good step down from a 7m RPM when its averaging 35 knots.
Im about 75 pies and like the wild weather but dont like flying a kite thats sheeted out to the max.
What are other people flying in 30-40.
Cheers.

cbulota
WA, 1125 posts
12 May 2018 8:33AM
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Hi Stray,

You should consider getting a 5m kite for those conditions. It also really depends what you want to do in those winds i.e. your preferred style of kiting ?

Pro's who compete for big air will go out on 9m kites in as much as 45 knots. Personally at 85kg I find that on a Twin tip, a 7m kite is a great size for up to 35-40 knots for boosting big airs. Yes that would be slightly overpowered, but when boosting big airs, that is what you need.

When on a surfboard in more than 25 knots, a 5m kite works best for me.

With a good technique you could easily fly a 3m or 4m kite in anything at or above 30 knots. Here is a 3.5m in about 30 knots:

So, if you are not looking at boosting big airs and just cruise around, then a 5m kite (or less) would work best for you in 30 knots +.
If you want to try boosting with a 5m kite you may find it difficult at first as they are very fast and landings can be pretty tricky with less hangtime.

You also want check you line tuning and make sure your kite isn't oversheeting which would make a big difference in strong winds.

Christian

stray
SA, 7 posts
12 May 2018 11:07AM
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Thanks Christian,
mostly im riding fairly conservative due to a couple of injuries so not going for big air, just poping off the odd wave on the way out and a bit of carving on the way in. Mostly on a tt in stormy mush.
Whats the best style kite once you get down to a 5 thats not too twitchy if its gusty.

jackforbes
WA, 486 posts
12 May 2018 12:59PM
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stray said..
Thanks Christian,
mostly im riding fairly conservative due to a couple of injuries so not going for big air, just poping off the odd wave on the way out and a bit of carving on the way in. Mostly on a tt in stormy mush.
Whats the best style kite once you get down to a 5 thats not too twitchy if its gusty.


Personal choice, but I love my 5m neo, it is my go to kite on a solid summer day or winter fronts.

Gorgo
VIC, 3917 posts
12 May 2018 4:54PM
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I have a Switch Element 5m, which is excellent for foiling or riding the surfboard in strong winds. I weigh 75kg. It would be fine in the 30-40 knot range. They're really good kites, and very good value, which is important for a kite you're not going to use every day.

On a TT I'm not sure I would be so interested in anything much under 7m. If you've got the skills to ride in 30-40 knots then you should be able to handle a 7m in those winds.

A smaller kite is not necessarily safer in strong winds. You lose control of a small kite in big winds then you're going to get spanked no matter what size it is.

stray
SA, 7 posts
12 May 2018 5:14PM
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Gorgo said..


On a TT I'm not sure I would be so interested in anything much under 7m. If you've got the skills to ride in 30-40 knots then you should be able to handle a 7m in those winds.



Yeah i sort of figured the same. I thought maybe a more delta shaped kite might be less punchy in the gusts than the rpm. I dont have heaps of kiting experience but have been sailing for over 30 years so have a good feel for trimming a kite.
id rather have to keep a smaller kite powered up than fly one thats fully depowered and flagging most of the time.
Guess i'll do more research and try a few things out.

Plummet
4186 posts
12 May 2018 4:52PM
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Yeah, Next one down from the 7 would be a 5. Buy one and roost. Stupid wind kiting is so much fun. But you have to back yourself and fly wind confidence. Mistakes are punished hard and fast in those winds.



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