This is actually the 2nd time I’ve flown this kite, the first time was just too unreal to write about. (surviving in storm winds of 20 to 35 with the front lines on the mid pigtail and mid knot) I bought this kite to sail at Jetty Island, a place north of Seattle in the town of Everett. Afternoon winds like clockwork of 16, building to 20 plus is the norm there, with winds so steady and horizontal you can feel the turbulance in your control bar from a kiter passing upwind of you.
We had winds in that range today at Carkeek Park, a spot less than a mile from my house in Seattle, 16 with gusts to 20. This time I put the kite on the rear most pigtails and on the farthest knots-full power.
I’m a big guy- 200lbs, and was riding a borrowed Caution missing link.
I still wasn’t prepared for this.
I had to pull the de-power strap all the way down just to keep my butt on the water and not blow out my edge! Holy crap! I still can’t believe that this is the same kite I took in 30 plus. It is a completely different animal when you move the attachment points. There were 4 other riders on the water, all using Rhino 4 and 5’s, 16m kites. None of them were even close to being overpowered, and none of them were able to jump and go upwind like me. How can this be? How can a 14m kite be more powerfull than a 16m in these winds? How the heck did I survive on the water in storm winds with 8 and 10 meter kites? I was hoping this review would be easy, but instead I feel like somebody has slipped me some drug. I am forced to come to terms with a new reality.
This reality is that the Diablo is not like any kite I’ve ever flown. More tune-able than any kite I’ve ever flown, and more likely to knock your socks off and make you look like a supernatural kiter than any kite out there. I am more stoked than I have ever been before because of it too.
I am so looking forward to the next session! Maybe I’ll be able to think more clearly then.
Thanks Mr. OR designer guy dude bro man, this is one devilishly sweet, kick ass foil!
craig in seattle