The month of August has been crap for kiting here in Nova Scotia- fog and no wind! In desperation, I tried something new yesterday- the Flite 17.5m and SUP (NAish Hokua 9’5”) in the waves. In 5-8 knots I was riding upwind easily. A SUP is not a fast board like a race board so you’re not going to build a lot of apparent wind but the lulls are no problem, just hold your balance and wait for wind. Just don’t drop your kite! Towing into little 3 ft.waves with a kite and such a large board was really easy and more fun that you might think. Very chill.
The SUP/ Kite combo does open up something totally new- safe and easy transportation! Just bring a paddle for back up. Next chance, I’m going to try island hopping in Chester, Nova Scotia.
Always fun to try something new.
SUKing is ...... a terrible name.
Watched the vid. It’s white capping in the vid. and I’d be on a smaller board for sure. A bit of a novelty, but I was pretty surprised to be riding upwind in 5-8knots. A friend of mine has a Speed 3 12m (standard fabric) and was having more trouble keeping it in the air than I was w the Flite 17.5m. Another friend has a Cab. Crossbow 16m and can’t keep it in the air in 5/6knots without working it while he tries to get on a raceboard. Soo, pretty impressed w the Flite- flies normally in v. light wind.