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I have been flying a 9 and 7m 90% of the time on the coast. I have a 12m, but that hasn't seen the light of day in over a year.
I'm thinking of swapping the 12m for a 5m for the 34mph+ days, but I like the idea of only having 2 kites.
Anyone getting away with just having a 9 and 6m kites and having that covering all your needs on the coast, or do you find 3 kites in the 10-5 meter range necessary?
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Rocked my 12m at OB last Wednesday night... been a long time since I had that pig in the surf. IT's not a good kite for surf sessions at all (its an RPM). If I were buying new kites for the surf I would also get the 6/8/10 possibly a 6/9/11 or "10.5". Some of the new kites are super powerful compared to the older stuff. I fell like every year the kites size down. My buddy calls his 10.5 Obsession a pig, which is odd cause my 10m RPM is magical in the right conditions. I've considered picking up a surf dedicated kite like a 9M Rally or 8M Religion. I need a 12M for the bay though. There are a few local places that I need a big kite to get my session on. Twintips in the bay and surfboards in the surf...
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I know some kiters try to save money by having 1 kite or 2 kite quiver but I don't think it's worth it, especially if you kite bay, Sherman, and the coast. I always find it funny that people risk getting fired and divorced for kiting and they try to save thousand dollar. Worst yet, they don't have fun because they are not riding the right size kite or sit on the beach because they don't have the right size.
6,8,11 here. It is hard to make a 2 kite quiver work well. If your 9 with a skimboard will get you out in as light a wind as you care to go I say 5,7,9 will work. Small kites rule
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I've really found having the right size kite makes my session more fun, particularly in the surf. If you're overpowered and/or you have the kite too depowered, the kite doesn't turn quickly and you end up missing and/or flailing on the wave instead of carving and having fun.
6, 8, 10, 14 Rallys. Skip the 12. The 14 is an optional "session saver"; you'll use the 6 on the coast more than you think - at least I have over the past couple of springs. The 2013 10m Rally has a good bit more grunt than the older Rallys, so it handles lighter conditions better than previous years.
That's my 2 cents...
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