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Bigger kite advice?

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Created by Bowerboy A week ago, 2 Apr 2021
Bowerboy
NSW, 115 posts
2 Apr 2021 4:08PM
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I'm pretty new to kiting but am progressing well; no mishaps, transitioning, starting to jump. I'm 54, 90kgs and have duotone gear; 9m and 11m neo on a big tt 151x44 Gonzales board. I'm thinking of adding a bigger kite for those nearly days, around 14 knots. In the duotones it looks like the juice is the right kite. But for my weight is says for me to get a 17m! I was thinking a 13m. I'm not likely to foil anytime soon as there is so much to learn on a tt. Any suggestions appreciated.

Sandfoot
VIC, 505 posts
2 Apr 2021 6:29PM
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Have a look at the Naish Boxer 12 one strut or similar- heaps more fun than 17m

simon78
NSW, 83 posts
3 Apr 2021 9:57AM
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3 Apr 2021 11:33AM
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Bowerboy said..
I'm pretty new to kiting but am progressing well; no mishaps, transitioning, starting to jump. I'm 54, 90kgs and have duotone gear; 9m and 11m neo on a big tt 151x44 Gonzales board. I'm thinking of adding a bigger kite for those nearly days, around 14 knots. In the duotones it looks like the juice is the right kite. But for my weight is says for me to get a 17m! I was thinking a 13m. I'm not likely to foil anytime soon as there is so much to learn on a tt. Any suggestions appreciated.


There are heaps of days where all the locals where I live get out and have a ball on Ozone Zephyrs some days they are 7-8 of us all on 17m or larger inflatable kites, one local even has a 19M Edge and he gets a lot of use from it he weighs a few kgs less than you.
You've already got the right size board for low wind TT riding, all you need now is an appropriate kite.

Ignore the comments about big kites being boring, and just accept that for those people maybe they are and maybe they are a fair bit younger and have different needs and expectations?

There are a lot of Zephyrs up here, but there's also a couple of Juice, Cab Contra's, Core's and OR Flite kites that will get you out there in sub 15 knots conditions.
For lighter riders 14/15m size kites work with a similar size board. I'm 75kg and have got a 14M Ozone Alpha V1 and Enduro V2 that get a lot of use on surfboards and TT.

Sandfoot
VIC, 505 posts
3 Apr 2021 5:13PM
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Bowerboy said..
I'm pretty new to kiting but am progressing well; no mishaps, transitioning, starting to jump. I'm 54, 90kgs and have duotone gear; 9m and 11m neo on a big tt 151x44 Gonzales board. I'm thinking of adding a bigger kite for those nearly days, around 14 knots. In the duotones it looks like the juice is the right kite. But for my weight is says for me to get a 17m! I was thinking a 13m. I'm not likely to foil anytime soon as there is so much to learn on a tt. Any suggestions appreciated.



There are heaps of days where all the locals where I live get out and have a ball on Ozone Zephyrs some days they are 7-8 of us all on 17m or larger inflatable kites, one local even has a 19M Edge and he gets a lot of use from it he weighs a few kgs less than you.
You've already got the right size board for low wind TT riding, all you need now is an appropriate kite.

Ignore the comments about big kites being boring, and just accept that for those people maybe they are and maybe they are a fair bit younger and have different needs and expectations?

There are a lot of Zephyrs up here, but there's also a couple of Juice, Cab Contra's, Core's and OR Flite kites that will get you out there in sub 15 knots conditions.
For lighter riders 14/15m size kites work with a similar size board. I'm 75kg and have got a 14M Ozone Alpha V1 and Enduro V2 that get a lot of use on surfboards and TT.


Yep.. Just listen to the Ozone Distributor tell you how good the Zephyr is.. Ignore any other suggestions. Zephyrs a dinosaur.

cbulota
WA, 1293 posts
3 Apr 2021 6:05PM
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Hi Bowerboy,

A 13m kite in 14 knots is a bit too small for a 90kg rider, even on a large-ish Twin tip. I would suggest at least 14m. a 17M kite is not a bad option too, which will cover from 10 to 15 knots and maybe 1-3 knots either side of that with a bit of experience. For most twin tip riders, in sub 15 knots, you will be happy to just be able to ride and go upwind. Big kites are slow and not as much fun regardless of which option you chose, you just have to adjust your expectations. Consider getting a single strut kite which will best for anything sub 15 knots.

The picture below is one of my students (95kg) last week in just 12 knots riding the school's 17m Airush One. It's a beginner friendly light wind kite that costs under $2k brand new. I use it myself for ultra-low wind hydrofoiling 6-9 knots or for cruising around on a TT in 10-15 knots. Does feel a bit overpowered in 15-18 knots but that's when you would start to use the 11m you already have.


hope this helps

Christian



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