Lightwind Kite Have you got one? Going to get one?

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Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:40 pm

Well I guess I'm as guilty as most, not having the most positive attitude to kites like the Key and Z kite, but I had my mind changed watching the sheer speed of progress a local windsurfer made using one, he rides better than me now, for all my Fuel/RPM hardcore wannabeeness, he's on Rallys now and just surf sails, he's another Turbine convert, using it to get wave action where otherwise he wouldn't have gotten out there and often the nicest waves form in light wind.

It'll be interesting finding out the break between the new Rally with it's extra low end and the new Turbine which I'm told has been increased in size slightly to make it perform in even lighter wind, whilst gaining extra control points to speed it up a bit. We had the first sample in today and Stacey is off to give it a spin, so we'll soon know.

It doesn't do any harm having tools for light weather, nor should we deride tools for getting entry level riders up to speed quickly, Windsurfing failed to keep it's beginner base accessible & healthy so has paid the penalty in dropping volumes and increased equipment costs. The more we have healthy numbers coming in to the sport and progressing, the more pricing remains stable and competition keeps everyone on their toes with constant development and improvement.
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:02 pm

GRF wrote:
It doesn't do any harm having tools for light weather, nor should we deride tools for getting entry level riders up to speed quickly,
When we were on Lewis we had the Rallys, Keys and we had my Takoon Chronos, under the conditions of the day we both choose the Key rather than the performance of the Rally and Chrono. Since then the Key makes a regular appearance and not being flown by learners or novices.

I bag one when I can if the conditions get a bit much for me.

Back to my sailing days, why did I have two suits of sails for every dinghy I ever raced. It's because I liked to choose my sails for the conditions on the day. Why not kites.

I'll tell you why, sailors have a little more intellect than do kitesurfers. If get caught flying a lower performance kite you may as well but you balls on a plate.


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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:19 pm

waverider wrote:
I'll tell you why, sailors have a little more intellect than do kitesurfers. If get caught flying a lower performance kite you may as well but you balls on a plate
Great use of the English language. :mrgreen:
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:37 pm

JamesVegas wrote: Great use of the English language. :mrgreen:
:oops: :-D

Yea-yea, i'll get you both. Slinging shit is fine but you need to look over your shoulder at all times.
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:48 pm

james wrote:Oh and while I am at it,

Your're or your?
Oh-shit, the shit hits the fan. Come-on, make me have it. I'll get you.

Neither James.

It's you're.
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:53 pm

BrightonSurf wrote:
fatfish98 wrote:
GRF wrote:Well I'm going to organise a T-Rex/Turbine combo, if that is the Rally 14 which I suspect may have enough low end grunt for me, doesn't deliver, they've made the Turbine even bigger canopy and reduced the leading edge, it may be too much for me..
Rally will be plenty for you. I was powered on my 12 and TT at the weekend and there were 2 x Turbines and 2 x Zephyr's out at the same time!
Rally has a huge windrange in 2014 for sure.
You were probably at the lower end of your 12m kite but they guys on the turbines and zephyrs were probably alot more powered. You can get away with a 12m in 11-14 knots but you will have alot more fun on a larger lightwind kite.
I was fine on the 12m and they couldn't catch me...plus I'm 90kg :-D
Superior flying skills of course :-D :-D :lol:
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:55 pm

james wrote:Oh and while I am at it,

Your're or your?

From a dyslexic to a spelling and punctuation pedant...
LOL :-D
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:44 pm

:-D
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:27 pm

surely You're is a contraction of 'you are'

for instance
pull you are neck in james
or
pull your neck in james
or
the version that you wrote?

which is it then?

as one of the poor unfortunate dyslexics that inhabit this forum please educate us in your wise ways
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:38 pm

you just could'nt (could not) let it lie.....or is that lye,,,,,lay maybe :lol:
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:03 pm

JamesVegas wrote:
waverider wrote:
I'll tell you why, sailors have a little more intellect than do kitesurfers. If get caught flying a lower performance kite you may as well but you balls on a plate
Great use of the English language. :mrgreen:
Ill think you will find Waverider speaks Ye Olde English similar to Shakespear (who he went to school with :wink: )
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Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:26 am

BrightonSurf wrote: Ill think you will find Waverider speaks Ye Olde English similar to Shakespear
It always comes out wrong when i'm drinking, keyboard on a mobile phone, in a hurry, multi-tasking, or ignoring the red and green underlining that my Apple word-checker prints. Sometimes it's all red and green and I still send it. In fact it's just underlined Shakespear because Shakespeare has an 'e' on the end and it always underlines waverider because it should be wave-rider.

If you haven't got a Mac, you won't understand. Problem is, you can only lead the horse to the water.

Who cares Eh ? I care. :oops:
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Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:20 pm

waverider wrote:
Back to my sailing days, why did I have two suits of sails for every dinghy I ever raced. It's because I liked to choose my sails for the conditions on the day. Why not kites.

I'll tell you why, sailors have a little more intellect than do kitesurfers. If get caught flying a lower performance kite you may as well but you balls on a plate.
I'll tell you why, it's because people who sail tend to have more money than kiters. I only know one kite surfer who owns all the kites he wants. Everyone else compromises.
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Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:43 pm

thetrash wrote:I only know one kite surfer who owns all the kites he wants.
Are you from the North of England?
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Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:47 pm

Oh I don't know, mind you mooring/club fees can be pricey I bet for small boats. No way I could afford a new boat, always bought used. My favourite one would easily kick the arse out of 10k, brand spanking new.

Kiting can be pricey to get set up, tends to put people off when I tell them this.

As for the original subject, light wind kite? nah..not for me, light winds where I am mean puffy lulls all day long. Right over on the western coasts the wind might be steady enough to warrant it.
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