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  1. No dumb questions here! 😂 We all have the idea of a 1 kite quiver... get that out of your head right now. (I thought the same thing when I first started and got the same advice ) There is no kite that will handle 3-30kn. Since you're on landboard on grass, you have more rolling resistance, so your low end, even with a big kite will probably be in the 8 knot range, a bit less if you're experienced and have some nice steady wind. The low kite ranges for the SS kites (Born, Peak etc) 4knts is just when the kite will stay in the air, you will get no power to move that low. It's really handy on water to keep the kite in the air when the wind dies so you can hopefully wait for the next puff to get back to shore. Arcs are terrible low wind kites, but great for gusts. You need wind at ground level to fill them (or a leaf blower or fan). Light wind flying takes a lot of technique, get used to medium wind flying (10-20 knots) while you learn so you don't get frustrated. If you're just starting out (sounds like you are), don't go for the high aspect kites like the RaceStar (or FS Sonics etc...). They are harder to manage, and not good in gusty wind. My 12m Phantom tops out at about 25 knots landboard on the beach, but that's way at the top end. It's most comfortable around 12-20. I would think the 15m would be somewhere around the same. If you go that route, make sure you have a bar that's wide enough and has decent throw. It's a tough call, but for single surface at your weight it would be a toss up between 6m and 8m I think for around the same wind range (12-20). As you get better you can push the limits more. As a beginner, don't go out in 30 knot gusty wind. Wind gets exponentially stronger, so there's a huge difference between 10-20 and 20-30. Oh, and definitely invest in helmet and pads. And at the beginning, keep your kite somewhat high. Horizontal pull yanks you off your board (until you get used to leaning back). Lots of really good land boarders here, hopefully they'll chip in, but that's my 2¢. Do you have anyone there that can help you out and show you the ropes?
  2. This wasn't really a fair comparison, as the Aurora is Pansh's high aspect kite. Laurie is (now) aware of this, and they'll redo the experiment with the A15. Soul is a fantastic kite, my (limited) opinion is you get what you pay for. Having said that, my friends who bug with the A15 love it. And I've heard the jaco mixer mod makes a huge difference.
  3. PL Phantom 1 FTW! On land board mainly (speeds/souls on water). Though more and more I reach for my 12m speed 5 instead. But definitely something to be said for that Phantom spongy goodness in crappy wind I'm sure folks here are on older arcs or farcs... What's yours Joel?
  4. If you're used to throwing around vapors, you should just go straight for a decent closed cell like a soul/speed/chrono imho. Spend some time on a beach or grass where you won't kill it to get used to it (not sure where you ride). They are landable by walking up the lines, or just ejecting in higher winds. But there is something to be said for the reride systems on some of the single surface and ozone kites. Kite ski with a friend that has a FS Peak 4 and was jealous of how quickly he could put that thing up and down. Way less jealous when I could easily smoke him going up wind and speed runs. So in that respect, you would probably be disappointed. Some of the higher aspect kites like FS sonics are way harder to handle, I wouldn't recommend as first DP kite, but I'm sure you'll build up to them quickly.
  5. Gin is still around, unless there's something I didn't hear: https://ginkites.com/en/ I was going to say Flexifoil, but looks like they're still hanging in there: https://www.flexifoil.com Rough business to be in.
  6. Don't know if you want to post to US, but might be worth tossing a post up on PKF for sale section - there are a few folks out west that love these kites. Sorry to hear that you won't be kiting any more.
  7. Totally out of luck. Warranty is only 7 years, 364 days. They obviously don't stand behind their products.
  8. Look for hard pack sand and low tide usually. If all you have is soft sand, you can get 9 or 10 inch tires and be able to move in softer sand (look up granny tires here and you will find plummet and baker's 10 inch tire boards). You need much less kite size on land (less resistance than water). Keep the kite high if you're hitting soft sand and plowing in. Have fun!
  9. @72hundred Those Kite College vids are good. I found Progression to be well worth the $, they go through everything in excruciating detail. The sections where they point out everything you can do wrong are particularly helpful. Some of this guy's vids on launching, landing, setting up are worth a watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7xlkRmlJK58p_0zkBvaC2A/videos Lots of others with varying degrees of usefulness. @RedSky I'll see about posting some stuff at some point. I have a GoPro, but see it as more of a distraction, so almost never use it. And I'm pretty happy in light wind, so I enjoy summer here and my giant kites (21, 18, 15 speeds). I spent my younger years battling angry mother nature, now I get to watch you and Plum do it from the safety of my computer
  10. Yeah, Had a great time on the 12m on an inlet in @18 - 24. All came back pretty quick. I realized I hadn't flown it in almost a year. Everything is so much easier on water powered up in a little wind. Will be a bit lighter today and tomorrow, but will hopefully get out both days. Don't do as much land boarding in the summer - they close off most of the beaches here for the birds and swimmers. Looking forward to your next edit, first one was fantastic. Not usually a fan of that type of music, but it fit perfectly, watched it 5 times in a row @72hundred I've not flown a switchblade, but the folks that fly them here love them. You will have fun! Let us know how it goes.
  11. I am however stalking @RedSky! We need another 360 video! But seriously, take my advice as beginner stuff as it's still somewhat fresh in my mind, but take all these guys advice as gold. I'd suggest (this is completely obvious, but has to be said anyway) taking it out the first few times way at the bottom of the wind window in somewhat steady winds if you can. The smaller sizes will launch in lighter winds than the charts specify, but have no power, so you can get to know how to fly it before you go white knuckling in a gale I understand you're in a secluded spot, but if you can find or travel somewhere and have someone walk you through it the first time you would be well served. At the very least, find a big wide open space with no obstacles or people downwind, hopefully a nice big sand beach. And seriously, test the QR, learn how to eject and reset, and do not be afraid to use it. If the kite starts tumbling back into the power zone, don't even think, just eject. You'll know the feeling if you've ever been supermanned (and riding FB these years I assume you have). Tons of YouTube vids, I'm sure you're looking at those. Once you get keyed in, you will love flying it. Depower and trim are awesome. I'm taking my 12 and 9 out today for the first time in forever... should be interesting. I've been flying Speeds for so long, last time I took out my LEI I looked like a complete kook pushing the bar out for power (does the opposite on LEI) Lets see if I can follow my own advice! ?
  12. Heya @72hundred! Not stalking you, I just happen to love this site... I'm sure others with more experience will jump in here, but 6m sounds kinda small. Generally, you want to choose your first kite for the most prevalent wind in your location, then go down or up from there. If 4-6 bft is your usual conditions, an 8m maybe seems like the call? Maybe 12-8-6 eventually? If wind is more consistent at the lower end of your spectrum, you will struggle with a smaller kite. If its generally at the higher end you will get overpowered on a bigger kite. Whatever you end up getting, just keep it in the back of your mind that you WILL get more to cover all bases. It's a disease. And try not to overthink it too much... you will have sh*tloads of fun no matter what you get
  13. Ah, makes sense. Didn't realize that stuff weighed so much.
  14. How does the weight of this cloth compare to the weight of whatever they use on light weight foil cloth (like FS dlx?). Would be pretty great to have a foil that doesn't take in water, is even lighter, and is rip proof. Either way, stuff sounds awesome if it works as advertised. Will have to start riding LEI again.
  15. jeffnyc

    Sysmic S3

    https://www.revolve-wheel.com Website is the absolute worst sort of corporate hipster technobabble imaginable, but there ya go... foldable wheels. Do like the guy in the video and steal a set off a wheelchair.
  16. Whoa Chook - those beans worked! More km in one day than I've done since I started! Knew a hang glider pilot that used to attach a catheter tube to a condom for those long flights. If anyone following Chook feels a soothing golden mist, you'll know why... And if you start seeing little speed bumps you'll know his assless chaps and the hole in the seat is working.
  17. jeffnyc

    Landboard Pimping 2

    That is an insanely beautiful board! Really well done.
  18. Wow! That makes a lot of sense now... I was a photo retoucher for a long time, and I could find no trace of editing on those photos yesterday. I seriously couldn't figure out how they did it other than it was real, and I didn't totally believe that - I mean, who would go to all that trouble? Their ad copy on the web page totally cracks me up... "scare the hell out of your competitors" ?
  19. Were you also able to find the crab?
  20. If that comes with a bar it seems like a great price to me (if it's AU) - looks pretty clean/crispy. And a great kite to learn on. Same age as you, but quite a bit heavier at 85kg. For me the absolute best kite to learn on has been the PL Phantom 1. The auto zenith works spectacularly (you let go of the bar, it makes it's way right to the top of the window), you can let go of the bar and the kite just sits there - great when I was snow kiting and figuring out how to get into bindings, or when trying to balance on your ATB to start. It's also super smooth with power, so you don't get jerked off your board when you're figuring out how to do starts. Since you're 55kg, I'd say a 9m would be a good size if you can find one. My best advice (I started land boarding last year) - if you're riding on sand and there are soft spots (or water), keep your kite high. I just relearned that one recently when a wave grabbed me as the tide was coming in The splash was spectacular. Granny wheels are also a great option if the sand near you is soft and you find yourself plowing in a lot.
  21. Most of it looks soft, but one section on the south side looks hard.
  22. jeffnyc

    Scary

    Why on earth would he expect anything other than what happened? I assume no one in the group had ever flown a hang glider or paraglider. Anyway, looked fun
  23. I'll bet that thing is pretty impressive when you're sitting under it. Wave didn't look spectacular, but I believe they're building a bigger one, this was just the test to see if it was viable.
  24. If there's no wind, you can get squashed like a bug by a giant mad max toilet plunger. Or surf.
  25. That's me launching my Speed 3 15m DLX at about :40:00. Wind was perfect all afternoon. But the next day started out really light, I was the first one up with the 21m DLX. So, super light wind, the 21 for sure. Had some of my best rides on that thing this summer. (ATB, not buggy, btw) Cheese flew on his race kites.
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