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Old 08-06-2007, 01:04 PM
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Question kiteloops

Ok...i cant do them yet.......(Soon)
But here is my question, (maybe its just me) Do kiteloops on c kites look way f**kin cooler, or is it just the ones ive seen.....The small video on the bottom of the SS website is insane, those are some serious loops!
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Old 08-06-2007, 07:37 PM
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C kites have way more grunty loops, bows aren't as grunty but will still rip the hell out of you.. n if done right are sick.

i learned kiteloops back in the day on a C kite. not hard at all just takes alot of commitment. go for it and don't turn back in the middle of the loop or your f**ed
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:39 PM
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Tks all these little details are helping me decide which kite to get..im sure ill get worked harder from a C'kite, but it might be worth it.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:08 AM
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there is so much debate about this.. its really a matter of choice and style.

the guy in that video you mention is Ruben Lenten.. one of the top riders in the world and can probably do loops like that on any kite.

check out our local pro Billy Parker next time you are at the beach.. he rides a hybrid/bow style kite and rides a very powered style with massive jumps and powered loops...

with skill, you can make any style of kite work for you.

a bow/hybrid style kite is much more forgiving for learning and gives you more wind range (thus saving you money).
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:21 PM
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Seen some vids of billy, the guy def. Rips! Does he ride for flexi? Thinkin about a type9 or a royal era, but who knows.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:28 PM
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Yes, Billy is their main USA rider. They have 2 divisions.. they are largely a UK company but anytime they need a presence in the USA they send Billy.

The royal really looks like it might be a great kite for this area.

Anything with a great low end range is worth its weight in gold for the Tampa / St. Pete beaches.

And the prices look nice too.

A used 2006 or 2007 Waroo (12 to 14 meters in size) is a very good first kite and you can get them CHEAP! local rider Inferno has one for 450$.. sick sick sick deal!!

I fly all Waroos and they have done nothing but great things for me. Stable and predictable.. easy to depower and jump and float really well...

Keep it in is prefered wind range.. bow kites can get very funky when you push the upper limits..

If you are looking to go C kite from the start (where most all of us started).. I can tell you that you will be in for a bit more frustration in the beginning.. C kites are not as forgiving for the unexperienced as well often dont do too good when the wind luffs.. I dont miss the days of unexpected hindenburg one little bit.. also relaunch is a bit more difficult.. expect more walks up the beach if nothing else..

tho... i am glad i started on C kites.. kinda like learning on a stick shift before going to automatic. you probably will develop some better habits from a C kite as opposed to the forgiving nature of a bow/hybrid. I've seen newbies do things on a bow kite that would have put them in the hospital (or worse) on a C kite.

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