woonder wrote:one of our shopriders was in russia for race and marathon comp.
That must be Pierre Alain Raynal. He was also at the WISSA in Finland and last year here in Canada.
woonder wrote:the kite is closed cell... and waterusuable...
he said that the performance and hangtime was unbelivable...
wondering if someone of you knows about those kites..
I have tried the Elf Zero 16m a few times. It is unbelievably powerful. I have not tried the ParAAvis but they are comparable kites: very thin profile, very high aspect ratio, fast, powerful. Their penetration in the air is nice and smooth. In highly gusty winds they are not be as stable as the Flysurfer Speed III kites. But having seen them in action, they sure make the Flysurfer Speed III kites look like tourist kites. In the last two years, I have participated in 6 snowkite racing events against those kites and always finished 2nd. There was no way I could beat them. They were going faster and more upwind than I could. The only race I won this year was because of an unfortunate wing-tip closure on the Elf.
Interestingly, just a few years ago, high performance kites were open-cell on handles without depower. Now, all those new high-performance kites are closed cell kites on bars with depower systems. I suspect it has more to do with aerodynamics, wind range and stability than with water usability.
I do like to race but I will not go to the extent of buying race-specific kites. Snowkite racing is currently becoming more and more an equipment race (as opposed to skills and tactics), whether it is at the international level or even here locally. Nothing wrong with that for the progression of the sport, but personally, I am not ready to go that far. Now, not only people use those race-specific kites, they also use speed skis (235-245cm long and 10cm wide), and even go to the extent of waxing their skis between every race. That is way beyond what I am ready to do to win races. Racing must remain fun and not become a chore.