Here is what could be the 2007/2008 bow kite evolution:
A high AR super flat kite, 7 struts, thin LE, two pulleys on the kite LE, no pulley on the bar, light bar pressure.
Let’s Bruno explain :
“This is a 4.5m proto. Firstly it was supposed to be a pre-proto, a model with the purpose of preparing the design of a 10 to 12m light wind machine. But one day, there was 20kts, I decided to test it on the water. What a shock!
Incredible upwind, low pressure in the legs, fast riding, super fast turning, jumps are high starting 20kts. Its a mosquito but a 8m could be the right size for me instead of my actual bow 12m.
The longest strut is 98cm. A 8m longest strut would be 130cm.
At the beginning it was very prone to inverting but we found a way to improve that by modifying the strut shape: they are fully straight and connected to the canopy through fabric rib profiles.
I demoed it last WE in Cabarete. The wind was averaging 14/15kts with gusts up to 18kts. Most guys were using 11 and 12m kites. I weight 65kg, my board is quite small (120×33).
I sailed for 2 hours Saturday, going fast, moving the kite under 16kts of wind and keeping it static in the gusts. However jump height was low.
Sunday, same wind, four friends, all affiliated to different brands, tested it. Those under 75kg could go upwind. The heaviest (110kg/245pds) was lofted on the beach.
All were impressed and enjoyed even if it was obviously not the right size for 15kts of wind.”
Small high-AR kites are way funnier and safer to use. Among other advantages, they:
– are cheaper
– are faster to inflate
– are smaller and lighter in your travel bag
– are easier to handle on the beach
– develop less drag when on the kite leash
– are faster
– go upwind better
– turn way faster
– need shorter bar travel (no pulley bar required)
– depower 100% without the need of pulleys in the bridles
Maybe it will be possible to have a one kite quiver with 2 boards and 3 sets of lines (15, 24, 30m ?)
Watch the video