I’ve been riding for a year mostly in my area. I usually take my Slingshot 13M kite which works perfectly up to 20 knots (I weight 90kg). The other day, we had a gusty day with winds from 20 to 25 knots. So I decided to pump my new Cypher 9M for the first time.
Some experienced kiter help me launch at the beach, with my both hands on the bar, the kite started to move up slowly up to 9 o’clock and the started to drift sideways and loose altitude. I quickly started to back up fast to put tension on the lines and the kite caught more wind into the power zone. I managed to keep control and did not crashed, but it was a close call. That situation never happened with my 13M .
The Cypher is a very nervous kite compare to my 13M, so I quickly moved out of the beach area and into the water, adjusted the de-power stopper on the fusion bar to a setting that still has a little bit of tension on the line (I would say 99% depower) if I let go the bar.
I started to ride and noticed the kite has not a lot of low end, I had to maneuver up and down to get some momentum. If the kite goes fast, it has power (from apparent wind I guess) otherwise I had to work it out. If I go to slow or stop in the water, the kite “drops” from the air like a leaf. It happened twice and the last time, the kite got tangled in the lines and kept relaunching on it’s own. I managed to grab the front lines which stop the relaunching and did a self rescue. That was it for the day for me.
I was not impressed with the Cypher, there must be something I did wrong or something I didn’t get. I have used the recommended settings on the kite (More depower, slow turning).