I will get my new quiver (11m - 13m - 16m 2010) in a few but I don’t think I am going to try them anything soon (have had an injury).
I was curious to know if someone tested the REALISTIC low end of the 13m (75kg and 134x41 board)
For me anything below 15mph is a myth although I’m yet to try a surfboard in anger.
My 2010 11m fits the bill between 15mph to 25mph. Certainly within a couple of mph but I do need to confirm for sure. I would guess the 13m would get you a couple of mph more. But is it worth it? The kite slows down and you end up going backwards and forwards all day not achieving anything.
I’m about the same weight and my 2010 11m is likely to be my big kite.
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For me, sometimes I just like cruising up and down. I still remember the first time I managed that for a session without having to walk upwind. It was the greatest feeling from something so simple. I thought at the time that it was a simple pleasure that I didn’t want to lose, no matter how much I progressed.
Plus, even with my 14m I can do back-loop kite-loop transitions. Sure they’re not big air stunts in light wind, but it’s all fun.
With a big board, my 76kg and my 14m kite I can go out in less than 15mph… but it depends on what the currents are doing at my local spot. They can make or break a session.
14m Rise ‘07, 12m Razor ‘12, 10m Razor ‘10, 8m Razor ‘11, 6m Razor ‘11
129 Zen ‘09, 150 Mako ‘09, 159 Spleene Door, 6’1” Circle One
I have not tried the 13 yet but the 12 xpd has a better bottom end than the 12m 2009 so I guess the 13 would be more in line with the 2009 14m or even better. Working on this 10 to 14mph should be your start depending on board and ability.
If you want to kite below 10mph you are into specialist equipment . Race boards or Hydrofoils and super light kites. Even equipped with these I still need a constant 6mph and a gust to get started.
I can’t speak to the low end of the 13m, but I could not imagine wanting or needing anything bigger. I’m 190lbs and if i couldn’t ride the 13 and surfboard I couldn’t ride anything.
What i’m blown away by is the HIGH END of the 13m. I took it out in gusty winds up to 32mph to see how it would handle. Sure, I would have usually been on my 8 or 10m, but the 13 stayed manageable and sucked up gusts really well. In my opinion that is one of the best features of the 2010 rise; better high end and better handling at the high end.
Fantastic! Thanks a lot for your feebacks!
Honestly I had quite a lot of fun with my 16m during those light wind days (8/12knots) I could even do some nice tricks. Much much better than sitting on the beach!
I was wondering if the new 13m could have almost the same lw end of the 16m cause of the higher speed. That would be amazing!