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Best speedwing for new pilot

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kitesurfa
Best speedwing for new pilot

Submitted by magic k2

 

Hi guys,,would just like to pick your brains,,im going to get a speedwing in the future and am really confused as to the best one,,i know it would depend on weight, type of hill and skill but the must be a leader in design buy now as they have been around for a while now,i like the look of the Hellracer design with the zip as it looks versitile but what about the bobcat or swoop? i think this is the sport i have been looking for since i stopped racing motocross and supercross,,,done a couple of static parachute jumps and i loved it but was a long way to travel just to get 3 jumps in one day as your in a wait for the plane,,,,got a hang glider and only flown it a couple of times as its not an easy thing to do without friends that fly,,very cool tool though,,,i have just got myself a paraglider to play about with to get the feel of a canopy on the hills but i dont want to pg its just to use as a stepping stone for speedwing ,im not in a rush to crashing down a mountain and have my whole future to enjoy it,,having said all that what is the best wing,most resistant to collaps and versitle for different conditions or different slopes,,or is it just not possible to answere? dont want the fastest,or the most extreme just the safest and most versitile,,,oh ye,i live in south wales and am 12 and a half stone.

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kitesurfa

Submitted by Anonymous
 

HI there

Depends on the terrain you have around your home, and whether you intend to foot launch or ski launch. Ski launching is safer !

See if you can borrow a 16m to do a few flights on before you step down to a 14 or 12. I have witnessed the consequences of people learning on 12m wings with nil previous experience . . . - Heaps bad.
Go Ozone. I have used them for ages and they are bomber. Super safe in very high turbulence, predictable takeoff/flight/landings. Foot launching if you are 12 stone with a 12 can be a bit exciting at times. Never take off with no head wind and always have an out ! Listen to those who have a heap of experience as this will prevent you from hurting yourself Don't try doing barrel rolls without instruction and be prepared to walk down if wind conditions dictate. I have twice hit the ground hard. I have once by a fraction of seconds manage to unravel a spun up mess, a consequence of trying to do barrel rolls. It is only by sheer luck that I walked away both times I hit the ground and I still don't know how I'm not dead from time my chute collapsed. If had listened to the helpful advice of others I would have never been in those situations.

Take care - Have fun. - Ben

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by magic k2

 

Thank you mr anonymous,,,Smiling,,This link is just for you. http://www.schnellcraft.com/index.php/home/item/chamonix-2011-teaser
I have been chating to some guys and they love the spitfire so enjoy the video its one of the best speedfly vid i have seen and he is on a spit,,,im quite new to wings so im going to go with a gin nano as people say it a rock solid wing and thats what i want,the most safe and easy to fly,ill start with the 14m and see how i go,,just got to get some hours on my PG wing first and do some saving for my nano.

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by Anonymous
 

dont know man, im very inexperienced with speedflying but have 200 parachute jumps. a very experienced pilot hooked me up with a swing spitfire 15, and it seems very stable, very easy and predictable, and so far can get really fast when the winds are mellow. i love it but only have about 15 flights on it.

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by magic k2

 

Thanks for the offer dude,when i have some time on my PG wing i might take you up on that ,,,I love that area i used to race motocross there quite often,,,hope under dinmore,scenfrith,excuse my spelling lol,,,If the bobcat is only good for learning on then its not the wing for me,,dont mind if a wing is mental to learn on just as long as its flexable as far as different slopes and would like to know if one wing is more prone to collaps than another,,im waiting for my pg wing to arive for basic learning even though its not a speed wing it will have to do for now until i can afford a good wing.

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by Anonymous
 

get a bobcat great wing to learn the basics on but that is as far as it goes... i would definately go for a 15m. i learnt on a 16.5m and wished i had a 15m now i fly a bullet09 12m.

i also live in Hereford so if you want to come out for a fly or even kite my wing your more than welcome.

finally check out http://www.zen-speedflying.co.uk

thanks

Aiden

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by magic k2

 

Ye i was thinking 15 or 16 wing size as they seem to give good scope with wind condidions and glide,the bobcats seem very popular with the foot launch guys and thats what im looking to do,,not much snow here in wales lol,,,only live 5 miles from the beach and dunes so could play there when the wind was strong also,,i love the idea of the new hellraizer with zip so you can reduce the wing size for conditions and sink rates,,,was doing some serching and found a guy that is doing freefall with a speedwing after fitting a slider and also people doing base with them,,,,,what a cool piece of kit,,it really is the missing link between hang gliding and boring PG,but i will play with the pg as i save for a nice wing,,thanks for your input:) Hey just realised you are the great dave turner,,,love the vids dude,i get to go ski every 10 years lol so im enviouse

 

kitesurfa

Submitted by DaveTurner

 

Twelve and an half stone??!!! You should not take stones up in the air while you fly- you could drop one on someone. Especially if you are trying to hold onto twelve of them while flying at the same time.

Jokes aside, try looking into the Gin Nano or Bobcat, the Ozone XT, or a Little Cloud. These are pretty easy and stable rides, with the XT and Nano being more like dedicated speed wings and the Little Cloud and Bobcat being more like a 'hybrid' with better glide ratios. Maybe to start, do not load your wing more than 6 kilos per square meter of wing. If you weigh 70 kilos, maybe look into a 13m wing or larger. 16 meters of wing, if you weigh 70kg, will be quite nice to learn on. Go smaller once you have experience, do not rush it like I did!

Dave Turner