Kite Selections for wind ratings

Kite Selections for wind ratings

Postby olskullr » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:30 pm

Hello Kiters,

I am new to the sport and searching for informational resources regarding selecting the correct kites for the appropriate wind conditions, any input would greatly help! I am also interested in learning about PFD's, helmets and impact vests for use while learning to kiteboard. This forum is a great tool for me to build a mental picture of kiting, I'm stoked!! thanks,

Scott W.


Thanks for all the great information. Lessons are a must in this sport. It is fun to be a beginner in a sport that has such an open "click" of rider to tap their minds for good beta!
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Re: Kite Selections for wind ratings

Postby stringy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:47 pm

welcome scott!
as for kite sizes and wind ranges, I think all manufacturers' websites will give a range based on an average size rider and also experience level is factored in mainly for the upper wind range riding.
Some kites will have greater range than others. SLE, Bow, and Hybrid style kites will offer the biggest depowering range in a kite.
Kites will vary between models and manufacturers. Some have 5th lines, some have bridles and some even have both!
There's lots of things to factor in when looking at a new kite. where will you want to ride (jetty, gorge, maui, etc.) that gives and idea of what winds you might be putting a kite into.
up at jetty, pretty light most of the summer, but very consistent. Steady Jetty! Most riders will see time on a kite around 14m-16m. I use a 14m at jetty but I see 12m and 18m kites on the water at the same time.
If you are very new to the sport, there's a good chance you won't be subjecting yourself to extreme winds yet, so a small size kite is not a rush to purchase.
Money is a big factor, if buying new that's great, try and support our local shops if you can. They are a great resource and are there for us in our community. The newer the kite, chances are it has the latest technology built into it. While you may pay more for it, you will progress faster than if you use older, used gear. If used gear is on your agenda, try to stay with 2006 or newer. technology breakthroughs in design that year offered plenty of good kites on the market.
PFD's and helmets- kayaking PFDs work well and give great floatation so whne you spend alot of time in the water you want that security.
Most kiteboarding shops will offer impact vests that provide protection and floatation, but are not coast guard approved. kayaking and wakeboarding helmets work well. there are even kite specific helemts available. I use a Bern helmet, but there are quite a few options available today. If you are using a board leash it is essential that you wear a helmet. better yet, don't use a board leash. Too high of a risk of getting hurt with the board bungee back and hitting you. Use the Ocean Rodeo Go Joe if you need your board to come back to you easier.
My recommendation is visit our local shops for more detailed information on products.

http://www.wileyski.com
http://www.gokiting.com
http://www.urbansurf.com
http://www.bellinghamkiteboarding.com


see you on the water,
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Re: Kite Selections for wind ratings

Postby BellinghamKite » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:58 pm

Hey Scott..

Here is my formula for gear... If you need a lightwind kite (good idea for this area) a 14m will be enough if you are under 180lbs, and a 16m will take care of those over 180.... Above 240 and you might want to find a bigger kite yet...

Combine that with a 10m for the 180 and under, or a 12m for the 180 and over for your "bread and butter kite", and you have ***Most*** conditions covered... at least for the summer..

Winter time kiting (or gorge) is pretty extreme and a 6-8m becomes necessary in order to go out when the wind picks up over 25... Very few people should be kiting in above 35knots... and takes both skill, and a smaller kite..


Typically SLE kites have more power than C-kites.... and the flatter kites (ie.. Freakdog EZE) have more power per square meter... but as a general rule, the above formula works well...

What questions do you have about PFD's, impact vests, and helmets?

Most people do not wear PFD's.. I'd say 10-15%...

Some use impact vests.... maybe 15-20%...

But you'll find most people without anything but a wetsuit which offers some floatation...

Helmets are more common with maybe 50% usage...

I personally wear a helmet... but no PFD or impact vest....

Give me a call and we can talk as long as you'd like about any of your questions..

Andy
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olskullr wrote:Hello Kiters,

I am new to the sport and searching for informational resources regarding selecting the correct kites for the appropriate wind conditions, any input would greatly help! I am also interested in learning about PFD's, helmets and impact vests for use while learning to kiteboard. This forum is a great tool for me to build a mental picture of kiting, I'm stoked!! thanks,

Scott W.
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