What 2012 kites to add for maui?

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I’ve recently got into kiting the last couple years. I’m at the intermediate point where I don’t crash, have tried small jumps, and stay upwind. I currently own 2011 15m & 10m rise; and a 12meter razor. I lucked out and booked a trip to Maui with my girlfriend who weighs about 120lbs this October and we’re looking to buy another kite or 2 so we can share the kite quiver. I’m interested in getting into waves more while we are out there. She is a total beginner minus playing with a trainer, but pretty hardcore babe (did a month solo kayking in chile last year for her vacation). She’s going to take 5 days of lessons and we are there for 10 days see how it goes… Hopefully the wind is on!

I’m looking for the best solution for us both to be able to have proper size kites. I figure she can always be one size smaller down than whatever I would be on. She’s able to borrow a twin tip and we also have also have a mako king we might bring along (I cringe at the fee to get it there). I have the freeride and freestyle bar.

I was thinking of just buying a 7meter rise and calling it good since that is a good all around smaller kite in most conditions. I wonder if that would be too big in Maui for Brianna at 120lbs. I’ve also considered buying another Razor since I really enjoy the 12 honestly one of my favorite kites here in southern CA. I could perhaps get a 8 meter razor to step down from the 10 rise and then get a 6 meter?? rise for big wind or perhaps better for her to use? I’m curious if I would ever use that small a rise on another trip the 10 and a 7 seems like a better pairing just thinking about it…

Thinking out loud here! Would love to hear you guys inputs and other perspectives for best short term/long term solution. I’m stoked just want to be cost effective! What would you do?

We also are thinking about joining along some friends on an SPI trip this December depending on how well this works out!

P.S. Any inside tips on where to book lessons for her around Maui? Also does anyone bother with wetsuits in Hawaii?


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Sounds like a 7m Razor is right for yous…


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Hmm 46 views and I’m hearing crickets…...
Oh well hopefully you guys are out kiting! Should I just ditch the Rise line? I heard they aren’t making it next year. I really just want to buy 2 more kites both smaller than my 10 rise but good for gusty wind and rounding out this Maui trip…. I spend the other part of the year around Mammoth lakes kiting on snow and mountain lakes so always need to be prepared for the gusty stuff. I use my inflatables on snow roadside a few times a month in winter.


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If you want to add two kites I would do 6 razor and 8 razor.

Then you will have 6-8-10-12-15. thats a beautiful quiver

I ride a 7-10 razor and a 15 flite. Its a perfect quiver.

The 7 razor is almost as powerful as the 10 in m opinion because it is so fast in the air.


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Hmm I guess they don’t make the 6m Razor anymore…. only 5m.


I have the 10 Rise so could get like a 7 Razor and 6 Rise? Or maybe 8/7 of that combo.. I wonder what the sweet spot for Razor< 10m is for a 160lb guy and the most useful smallish Rise hmm hmm.. had a hell of a day at work so glad to be off and thinking about kites!


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8m Razor has become one of my favorite kites, I would hold out for the 2013 8m.


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I would suggest the 7 RAZOR would be a great addition to your quiver. Consider the 130 or 135 MAKO as well. Jumping on this little rocket is like moving down a kite size. Hold out for the 5M STORM (For your next trip or those Winter sessions)  http://www.nwkite.com/forums/post-167370.php

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I agree with JL, if you are going to get one kite, get the 7 razor. It is my favorite kite.


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+1 for the 7 Razor.
What is your weigth?


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I weigh 160lbs.


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You should be comfortable on a 7 razor with a small board up to ~ 25 knots.

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Ordering up a 7m Razor!


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Hi. Thought I would add my 2 cents. Was in Maui yesterday on my 7 Razor. It was only my second session on the kite. First with the Fusion bar. I used the bar on the wide setting(47cm) Wind was around 20-25kts. i was on a 5’11” surboard and weigh 175lbs. I have the kite set up with fast turning-high depower and the rear lines on the end knot. I have been kiting for 4 years and this was session was way up high on the fun factor. Jumping high, looping, stability, depower, relaunch- the Razor checks all the boxes. As others have stated you can go a size smaller than you think. Maui can really crank in the summer so a 5 might be in your future if you go there frequently.