I finally got a few sessions in on my new 12m Diablo, and I’m lovin it!
First session was underpowered on a 6’x19” surfboard, side-on at 15-18mph with the current, wind chop and small waves. Not the best conditions to test a kite, but i’d been off the water for two or three weeks. Had some trouble staying upwind in the lulls, but if I got some boardspeed, I could make the ground back. The kite turns and flys fast, so developing apparent wind is easy.
Second session was just powered on a 130x39, side on at 16-21mph with the current, wind chop and small waves. No problems getting upwind, great conditions for unhooking. Took some time getting used to the speed of the kite (used to 06 Vegas), but it feels better unhooked and hooked in.
Third session was powered on a 130x39, side on at 17-22mph with the current, wind chop and small waves. Epic session! Perfect for unhooking with a little depower, and jumping powered up.
Overall impressions: The kite turns and flys fast, and likes to be ridden fast and aggressively. Certainly not a light wind kite, but 16mph is a decent low end for a 12m C-kite for a 170lb rider on a smaller twin tip. Bar pressure is lighter than the vegas, but more constant through the sheeting range, no sudden increase when unhooked. The kite flys off the back lines a good bit, so it’s easy to keep track of. Unhooked was great, solid power coming off the water, then some slack to finish the trick without getting pulled off axis. Jumping was fun as well, solid yank off the water and decent hangtime for a C-kite, and the fast redirects were nice.
Looks like 15-20 for the next two days, can’t wait for the next session!