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What happened to the C kite love?

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Created by bombjack A week ago, 14 Jan 2019
bombjack
WA, 16 posts
14 Jan 2019 9:26PM
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Whats the reason for the general lack of interest in C kites in the last few years? Is it that the do-it-all open-C kites have gotten so good that they are good enough for the general rider? What characteristic of modern C kites has caused people to lose interest in them?

Will the release of the new Ozone Amp that promises to be a "User-friendly progressive C-kite" change this?

Lots of questions... I'm curious what the forum thinks. Some of you used to rave about C4, Vegas, Fuel etc but not any more, what happened?

kemp90
QLD, 1636 posts
15 Jan 2019 5:06AM
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Re-sale! No one wants to buy a secondhand c kite because they know it's been flogged.

Kites like the RPM still have to freestyle capabilities but won't blow your head off.

I still have fuels in the shed, and after riding a core impact last week, it brought back memory's of the airush razors and what a weapon they were.

But back to your question, really I think it comes down to resale for most .

cheers

Adam''KiteRepair
NSW, 42 posts
15 Jan 2019 8:58AM
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My gut tells me it's a combo or re sale and that a lot of riders are doing multiple disciplines these days. While a C kite is probably the most versatile kite out there, its not to your average person.

Fly on da wall
VIC, 657 posts
15 Jan 2019 11:11AM
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Try 1.. That's my advice

But then again I might have to pay a lot more for my C kites if there is an explosion of people wanting to really fly high

THE PIN PULLER
WA, 224 posts
Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 5:21PM
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I LOVE MY VEGAS (North) 2017!

Try one 10m in 30 plus ??????

Chris_M
1671 posts
Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 6:29PM
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I like C kites, lucky my Nitro exploded mid kite loop back roll yesterday, now I get to buy a Krypto

Lambie
VIC, 706 posts
Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 9:38PM
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When I learnt to ride I had a Slingy Fuel 17m - I thought kitesurfing was just a low wind sport and Id stick to the windsurfing for the better days .
C kite ? wind range of a sparrows fart ? relaunch needed the 5th line but just dont let the kite roll or the 5th line will cut it into 2 neat 8.5 m asimetric kites LOL I never actually kitelooped the beast but apparently that where the fun started ?? Id never bother to ride true C kite again for the style of riding I like today (surf and foiling) - but glad I got to ride one :-)

Gateman
QLD, 212 posts
Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 9:22PM
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I'm sure the newer C kites have better wind range than the older ones. I had the 2003 Cabrinha CO2 in 9 & 12m and the 2004 Cabrinha Nitro in 14m. When I gave them away to a local kite repairer to use the valves, fabric etc and bought a new kite I had about the same wind range out of my 2010 Switchblade 10m that previously took a 3 kite quiver to cover.
Plus, relaunch on those old C kites was shocking, that has probably improved too.

AquaPlow
QLD, 688 posts
Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 9:52PM
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kemp90 said..
Re-sale! No one wants to buy a secondhand c kite because they know it's been flogged.

Kites like the RPM still have to freestyle capabilities but won't blow your head off.

I still have fuels in the shed, and after riding a core impact last week, it brought back memory's of the airush razors and what a weapon they were.

But back to your question, really I think it comes down to resale for most .

cheers

Tick for Razors I can be working 12m Reo in light wind and my son gets more out of his 11m Razor both on surf boards.. about same weight too. All C kites like moving rarely park and ride.
He goes from strapless surf board to TT &boots on either 9 or 11m Razors.
Once u r dialled in they are very versatile and g8 fun even for my level of punting
cheers
AP

wishy
WA, 1307 posts
Wednesday , 16 Jan 2019 11:40AM
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Depends where you ride,
At flatwater spots I see mainly C kites.

If you're not fully lit or on flatwater it takes a lot of concentration to extract glorious boost out of them (although it is possible). I think that's why the twintip surf riders are mainly on flatter kites optimised for "huck and chuck" and surfboard riders want something that drifts better and relaunches fast before it gets ripped in half by a wave (like neos and reos and stuff)

eppo
WA, 6755 posts
Wednesday , 16 Jan 2019 5:46PM
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C kites for unhooked spider monkey mischief. Most don't and/or couldn't ride like that.

Other kites have differentiated Over the Years for the other specific styles we do.

stamp
QLD, 2619 posts
Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 12:35PM
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i prefer C kites for waveriding. they pivot on the wingtip which generates and holds far more power through a turn than a bow/SLE/toenail kite. so when you do need to rely on the kite to change direction, set up a turn or get out of the **** there's a heap of grunt available. SLE's kind of pivot close to the centre axis and are more gutless through the turns.

i reckon c kites also drift unhooked just as well as SLE's, and relaunch is all down to practice & technique.

eppo
WA, 6755 posts
Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 4:42PM
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Nah

KarolinaKite
NSW, 11 posts
Today , 23 Jan 2019 6:57AM
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Freestyle progression only on ta C-Kite. I use FUELs, and as a rider it's a really hard situation because the brands don't want to promote C-kites, so we end up using beginners kites for the photos...
If you want to learn landing blind, do handle passes and air swaps you definitely want a C Kite.
If you only want to boost, cruise and do simple hooked in tricks, you can get any kite... There are kites that boost better than the other, so you will have to choose the one that is most suitable for you.

Cheers

K

KarolinaKite
NSW, 11 posts
Today , 23 Jan 2019 6:57AM
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Freestyle progression only on ta C-Kite.
If you want to learn landing blind, do handle passes and air swaps you definately want a C Kite.
If you only want to boost, cruise and do simple hooked in tricks, you can get any kite... There are kites that boost better than the other, so you will have to choose the one that is most suitable for you.

Cheers

K



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