Rise tuning question… I’m looking to replace my 2006 Waroo 7m and have really been impressed by the Rise 6m, but I found a couple traits that are a show stopper for me.
One thing I love to do with small kite is backside downwind wave riding, especially riding toeside. Yesterday I demo’d a Rise 6m at West Beach (see pic: Whidbey Island, Wa just across from OR HQ), riding wind waves from the W blowing down the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Perfect conditions for the 6m, it handled the gusty wind great. Two things I didn’t like:
When riding toe side on the face of the wave, heading off the wind a bit, the kite would make me accelerate too fast and I couldn’t keep the speed in check (I don’t want to edge, I want to ride the wave), trying with it with depower pulled several inches and pushing the bar as far as I could reach didn’t slow me down. Kinda reminded me of old C kites when you rode downwind a bit. Went out on my Waroo and it didn’t do this.
The other thing is when riding on a wave with the kite waay depowered I couldn’t feel the kite, I had to keep looking up at it
So is there some magic tuning settings to try? I love everything else about the kite but these quirky needs of mine are key for me for a small kite