**Let me preface this by saying I love my 2 Rise kites (8m & 14m, both 2010) and the intention of this post is not to say anything bad about the Rise- this is a question about kite sizes in general. Is a smaller kite more sensitive to wind gusts? Is aspect ratio a factor? Please read my story and post your comments. Thanks!
Had the 8m 2010 Rise out today in the ocean in super gusty conditions. 25mph avg., 32+ on the gusts and lulls were way low. I flew the kite for a bit but it just started to feel dangerous- a lull would hit and the kite would start to stall and slide back in the window, then a huge gust follows and keeps ripping me off the water.
wave 4-5ft, sideshore wind and good bit of current (spot is on broad open beach on atlantic ocean.
I decided to pack it up when a super-lull made the kite drop out the sky like a stone, then a big gust caught it fully in the powerzone and slammed me good- it was uncontrollable.
As I packed it up a few other riders showed up at the beach- pumping up kites 2-4 meters bigger than mine. I thought they were nuts and considered warning them about what I had experienced. They looked sufficiently lit, but didn’t have any problems keeping the kite up and they took off downwind. I had talked earlier about going downwind with them, and they seemed to have no trouble, so I rigged again and put my kite back up. Got a few tacs but was getting jerked around bad, kite eventually dropped like a rock out of the sky. No fun swimming in with 4ft. swells rolling the kite up.
I’m wondering if their bigger kites were less affected by the gustiness? possibly because they could ride the kite higher in the window and less sheeted, whereas I was flying the 8 at very aggressive angles and had the full canopy facing the wind most of the time.
Any comments or tips are greatly appreciated, always trying to improve my kiting!!