The month of August has been crap for kiting here in Nova Scotia- fog and no wind! In desperation, I tried something new yesterday- the Flite 17.5m and SUP (NAish Hokua 9’5”) in the waves. In 5-8 knots I was riding upwind easily. A SUP is not a fast board like a race board so you’re not going to build a lot of apparent wind but the lulls are no problem, just hold your balance and wait for wind. Just don’t drop your kite! Towing into little 3 ft.waves with a kite and such a large board was really easy and more fun that you might think. Very chill.
The SUP/ Kite combo does open up something totally new- safe and easy transportation! Just bring a paddle for back up. Next chance, I’m going to try island hopping in Chester, Nova Scotia.
Always fun to try something new.