John.B wrote:Mike – as you know the sector did pique my interest a bit, but the Slayer seems a bit more ‘me’ and got me intrigued for some ‘low’ wind fun. However, I do see myself on the smaller of the two and chucking it about a bit and want to know just how low is low? I’m probably not interested in ultra-light-wind riding and cruising so what do you think the usable fun range is for the 54 with say the 9m Wave?
John.B wrote:In your opinion do boards like the Sector/Slayer respond better to certain types of kite e.g. something like the Wave or a race kite?
John.B wrote:I know that they will ‘work’ with any kite but in my head (no experience) for chucking it around something that pulls constantly (Razor) when moving would not be the best option?
John.B wrote:We are graduating onto a smaller pushchair for the baby and I think I can squeeze one of these in the car now!
John.B wrote:I'm therefore thinking the Slayer (54) might be a way to have a bit more fun and learn a new skill in the 10 to 15+ knot range? I'm looking at it as less of a light wind option but something that can give more consistency / less frustration in changeable ‘lighter’ winds?
Mike B wrote:10-15kt is really quite windy.. It's topping out at the top of the lightwind directional's sweet spot.. A surfboard (cypher) will go in this, as will a twin, so not sure if you are barking up the wrong tree... Yes it will plug the holes of 6-10 knots and allow you impunity upwind, but with peaks of 15 then a Cypher will too, and these are like flatwater missiles as well as great REAL waveboards... Perhaps that is what you are after.
The Slayer 54 will push from 6-7 knots to 20, but it's sweet stop will be 8-15 whenre it will make your kite lines sing, but it is a board more for the 70kg and down over rider.. It has more crossover with the Sector 54, which is a very fast flatwater directional, and if you are looking to ride a direction with a sniff of Monk about you you'll probably find that more fun..
The reason I champion the 60 Slayer, is (aside the fact it's better suited to my usual weight of 80kg) if will make your kite lines sing in 6-12 knots, which is well outside the "fun" range of normal kit.. You have have a lot of fun and impunity to these normally restrictive conditions. It's such a stable platform to goof around on, that it encourages you to arse about and really brings your riding on, plus its so pleasant to ride - it makes you want to ride on light days. It also has the volume and efficiency to make these new strutless kites work, and the bigger lightweight kites, which are possibly pushing the fun envelope further down still (unsure yet wether this tech will be mass market applicable - but we will find out this summer). It's a new and groundbreaking bit of kit for 75kg+ riders.
You are under 75 though, right?
..if so, then 54 slayer or sector may be better depending on your style of lightwind kiting - manoeuvre vs charging
John.B wrote:I probably see a Slayer more for this type of day – if it was going to consistently be above 15 knots then I’d break out the twin and the ‘big’ kite for some fun and above 20 is 9m territory.
John.B wrote:Demos are always good – but for something like this I think I’m going to have to commit. I’ll need to have it long-term without a fall back plan when I invariably fall off it a lot to begin with?
John.B wrote:Either way I’m up for this so when I get one I’ll report back here. I’m sure there are plenty who like the idea of something like this but see it beyond how they ride normally – I’ll get the camera line mounted and you can all see how I get on learning to gybe!
End of summer goal is to do a grabbed air gybe – gotta aim high :)
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