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Do we need to start a thread for Ben seeing as he’s undecided about his 2010 kites?

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andy - 10 November 2009 10:06 AM

Do we need to start a thread for Ben seeing as he’s undecided about his 2010 kites?

Well I’m truly worried about Ben now. It seems, amongst other things he’s also confused about kites.

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So now I have:

Kites 10m Diablo and 7m Rise. (Need something else but so far undecided. Maybe I’m ‘good to go’ on the 10m at my weight with a surf board or maybe try the King?)

Board 129 Zen.

There’s a shiney new Mini Mako in my shed for demo courtesy of sunrise. Intrigued to try it and see how my knees are after a prolonged session. Not sure I’m going to get the same kind of ‘pop’ out of it that I’m used to for my freestyle with the Zen? We’ll have to see….

Next question…Tell me how much lighter is the 2010 Zen 131 compared to its 2008 129 bretheren and apart from the colour has much else changed with it? I think i’d upgrade on the weight issue alone if it was significant?

Now we’re rid of that wet and very windy stuff only to be left with frosty cold conditions and no wind. I hope Jeremie lets us know where his kite clinics are going to be soon. That way I can plan my 2010 kiting holiday grin

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11m rise is good from 12-14 knots(more fun in 14 +). I have an 11m and 7m Rise. so far that combination has been good from 14-35 knots. I was comfortable at both ends. Previous quivers were a 12m and 7m One and a 12m and 8m Rise. I really like the 2010 11m and 7m Rise Combo and think it will cover 90% of my situations. I’m using the new mini Mako(it carves like nobody’s bussiness and is super light). i weigh 172 ponds if that helps.

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Thanks Gareth.

Tell me is the Mini Mako that good at the bottom end of your 11m range?

I’m only 142lbs. so I should be laughing LOL

Is it your only board?

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Hi, The Mako Mini is not a lightwind board. I had a zen, then switched to the mako 150 skinny and just got this board. It has much of the same characteristics as the longer mako, except lighter and shorter.It is the board I use about 80-90% of the time as I am not a fan of being underpowered. I am older, so less into new school stuff—this is probably one of the reasons I like this style of board, it carves and does basic jumps and transitions well, all with lots of power and grip. It worked fine at 14 knots, you just have to get moving fast—a couple of hard down strokes to build speed and you are laughing.

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Yes I understand that it needs a powerful engine. Its good to know that it copes with basic moves well too

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Awesome Board—-Ross H really recomended it when I was looking at replacing my other mako—at first I was sceptical about the short length, but it turned out that he was right—-surprise.

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I have a 2010 / 7m,10m and the 12m for the light wind conditions (I weight 86 kg). Board Mako 140/40, and maybe in the future the Mako 130/35 or King


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noo noo - 10 November 2009 10:51 AM
andy - 10 November 2009 10:06 AM

Do we need to start a thread for Ben seeing as he’s undecided about his 2010 kites?

Well I’m truly worried about Ben now. It seems, amongst other things he’s also confused about kites.

I am now riding 6/10 2010 Rise XPD’s and my trusty 6’ strapped surfboard.

Colyn, you’ve got a pretty mouth boi! Be very careful!

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i beg your pardon!!

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im worried about ben lately

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harry.allerston - 14 December 2009 09:46 PM

im worried about ben lately

You wait ‘till that Zebrahead gig dude!

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I asked Andy at BKB what quiver I should be on.
He carefully advised me while rubbing his goatee.
He felt that the 14 was as big as I need if I have a race board in my quiver.
We are both big guys, and his all time favorite mid-size is the 10m.
Have to have the 10m!
In high winds we might need a very small kite a few times,
and the 7 can go there easily,
and yet work fantastic in mid range wind speeds with the right board…like a King.

14-10-7 is this years formula for ol’salt.


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14m and a race board? Sounds like you want to go kitesurfing in negative wind speeds!
That said, I ordered 7m, 10, and 13 topped with a King…