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#1 stryker2

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:00 PM

I would like to know what line length pilots use for individual competition, or is it up to the individual?

Thanking you in advance.

#2 Kitelife

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:16 PM

It is up to the individuals.

My team (iQuad) uses 120' lines, both for team and individual... We like the additional room it gives us to demonstrate our skills.

Most competitors use 100' or less.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:35 PM

Thanks John.  :D
I have an 85 ft. lineset with my 1st. new REV (3 weeks new) and I have just placed another order for a vented 1.5, and was considering getting a different line length. (I'm hoping with dedicated practice to become an acomplished REV flyer)

Thanks again John for your help advice, it's much appreciated.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:58 PM

120 foot lines are best for all flying
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Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:04 PM

Antman, just to debate a little... ;)

I rarely feel that anything is "best", since so much of kiting is dependant on your personal style and preferences... I just try to identify the qualities of any given topic.

i.e.

Long lines (120')... Lots of room to fly, space in which to demonstrate your skill clearly.

Short lines (85', 100')... Fast, zippy, exciting.

Anyway, you know what I mean. ;)

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 04:08 AM

The obvious solution is to fly with different line lengths and see what suits my "style" of flying. (I still have to work on that "style" a bit)  
I think I'm going to change my line length on my current order from 85ft. to 100ft. (nothing to lose.....only 15ft. to gain :wink:)

Thanks again guys for your help. advice and input, it's much appreciated.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 08:48 AM

Having been a competitor for a while now (European Quad  Champions in Pair and Team) and a judge at various international events I would say chose the line that you like best.

However, it is my experience that competitors who use longer lines (100-120') tend to display better compulsory figures than shortly lines.  Effectively you can fly the figures at the same size as other competitors but have the kite more in the centre of it's window.  It is very hard for judges to guage how big a figure should be depending on the line length.

Another advantage of long lines is that you can get a greater speed dynamic.  Flying the kite around the edge of the window takes a lot longer and as such seems slower.  You can still get the impression of fast speed by flying smaller shapes in the centre of the window.

The only negative  I would conceed is that in lighter winds the drag can make flight difficult and as such I use 100' lines at 50lb weight.  

Now of course if you are going to fly a Rev I then you might want to try 150', now that is slow!

Either way, try getting a range of lines if you are going to compete because I guarantee when you get to the field you will always want the other ones.

Have fun and let us know what you prefer.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 02:11 PM

Thanks Stephen for all you inoput and good advice.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 05:02 PM

yes john i do but im also think of my flying area the clear open beaches are ideal for long line flying i do have short lines as well for flying in light winds off shore and for days i want some zip but i do like the 120 footers the best
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:49 PM

Me too Ant.

Great explanation Hoath, I'm in total agreement.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:12 PM

glad we are alike john :P
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