The “Hook”

The “Hook” is the new all round high aspect ratio 5 strut kite from Peter Lynn Kiteboarding.

Spending the European summer in Sardinia this year meant that I was going to need big sizes to deal with the soft thermal winds typical of the med.
I was sent a 12m and 14m and proceeded to use these kites in free ride mode. Sadly I will say that most of the time I used the 14m as Sardinia wasn’t particularly windy this year with only a few sessions were the 12m came into play.

The kite has that feel that I have come to expect from Peter Lynn over the years, light on the bar, yet reactive.
Stable in the air and able to turn fast in light winds to generate apparent wind.
The “Hook” didn’t disappoint.  Once set up I just went out riding and didn’t think about it. It just did everything with ease.

The 14m is surprising agile for such a big kite able to deal with all my loop transitions with ease. I even managed a backward relaunch in very light wind, which is a sought after characteristic for foilers I am told.
For me I was just amazed a 14m tube kite could be as responsive as a foil on handles…

The 12m has definitely got some boost potential for my weight (70Kg). The few times I took it out (see previous post with video) It was perfect to throw some old school moves around.

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I also tried some basic unhooking and the Hook has decent pop with a real soft feel at the bar. I reckon a really great option for people wanting to start unhooking.

Upon my leaving Sardinia, a lucky buyer got that wonderful 14m (go Gino!) and I got a 10m to take back to my strong winds in South Africa.
Fate would have it that the day before I left, Sardinia got some strong mistral wind and I got to boost in a quick little session with the 10m. The smaller sizes defenitely have more explosive boost as the flight speed increases.

Overall impression is of a great all round free ride kite able to deal with everything a twin tip free rider would throw at it. I haven’t tried looping or in the waves as I don’t have small enough sizes (I may try the 10) but the kite turns plenty fast. Great glide for old school, quick on the recall, and perfect for trying out your first raileys and unhooked tricks.
It has great depower and is super stable in the sky, no sign of backstage or front stall in really light wind. It will be my kite of choice for my Old school antics!

Video: Old School session in Off Shore winds in Sardinia

With a new set up of kites, boards and accessories in Sardinia from Peter Lynn Kiteboarding, Axis Kiteboarding and Underwave, I’ve been trying to explore all the different aspects of Kiteboarding I enjoy.

I would say the main areas I thrive on is wave riding, looping and old school / airstyle.

Sardinia this year hasn’t really produced everything I expected in terms of conditions. A few mistral winds and a few South Easterlies, but meagre food for windy souls. The wind never strong enough to throw loops, and waves, well it’s the Med. So old school it has been!

Being on the North East coast, means that the mistral (North West) is off shore. You can either drive to the north side of the island or brave the off shore winds.
Off shore is obviously inherently dangerous, so you need back up. Also it is extremely gusty, often going from 10 to 25 knots in a flash. However the water is really clean and flat and is amazing for photographs if you can handle the wind. Throw in a lot of beach users totally unaware of kiteboarding and it makes for interesting sessions.

So Thanks to Wet Dreams Kite school for providing the back up and to Robby Fontanesi for filming with my go pro with the Extreme Xccessories extension pole and capturing his particular session.
Enjoy!

 

The Peter Lynn Escape v7

I’ve always enjoyed every aspect of Kiteboarding. I think it goes back to my addiction to power kiting.
As a result,  you will find me on a twin tip, on a strapless surfboard, on wake skate in strong winds in soft winds in waves on flat, getting stoke just from being out there and having fun whatever the conditions. (haven’t tried foiling cause it’s so big and I have the luxury of riding windy spots most of the time)

In the past I used to enjoy my Peter Lynn “Swell” as a “do it all” kite, it rides magnificently in the waves, but it jumps and loops and does all the other stuff pretty well too.
But then came an Escape v5 prototype. More C shaped than its previous incarnations, it had something different from the Swell that got me hooked. It was that vertical lift, and the smoothness in the loops. I just had to admit that for megalooping it did have an edge.

After working with the designer on the V5 and the V6, I just had to have it in my quiver.

 

The tradition has been carried into the “Escape V7”

It is such a smooth kite! you notice it immediately in flight. Compare it with most other kites in the sky and you will notice that it has less flutter and that the canopy looks smoother in the air. As a result it is a super stable kite, super predictable. Besides those attributes, the fixed bridle gives it that connected feeling in whatever input you throw at it and the bar feel is just perfect, not too heavy, not too light.

Last year I ended up with an 11m Escape v6 in Sardinia and absolutely loved the kite for airstyle and general free ride. This year I will be there with Escape v7 13m, 11m and 9m. I already had a few session on the 13m and was pleasantly surprised at the manoeuvrability of the kite for its size.

For my weight I’ve always maintained the the best size boosting kite would be an 8 and with the addition of 8m and 10m, I finally have that size to throw around! I’ve had a few outings with it and YES, it is as I expected.
It feels like a 7m but has more hang time. I have not been overpowered on it yet, so still to find its top end, but the loops have been an absolute blast!

The “Escape v7” as just been tweaked. There is no radical change in the kite, but yes it’s smoother and even less flutter in those big loops. I’ve also been messing around with line length and getting some great results for different applications especially for radical megaloops.

I strongly suggest you try this kite for yourself.

Ced

Thanks for the pics to M. Borsato

 

Cedric Vandenschrik Kiteboarding adventures