I’m rocking a slingshot space skate foil, 12m airush ultra, 9m slingshot Daly, 7m ozone edge. I have a couple twin tips and a surfboard as well. Still a beginner in the foiling world. Want to get into the snow kiting as well
I haven’t done the wing/wing foiling thing yet. I think that would be a prime candidate for colorado. I used to live out in Denver and always wanted to snow kite on that lake(even before I stayed kiting)
I think the wings might be a good ticket because in shifty and gusty conditions your kite falls out of the sky, but a wing wouldn’t. Not as big of a deal in snow but in water it is. Plus if it dies you still have board flotation and can paddle back.
My goal is to snow kite winter 2022-2023 out here in Seattle but it will depend if it stays cold.
No idea about land kiting but I do have the hq hydra 420 which is a high power trainer/traction that would work really well for it. No depower but does have a hook for a harness.
Also that Airush is indeed super smooth. If I can get it in the air it’s enough to foil. Usually de powered to half. The new team version looks even more epic.
Out here in Seattle our winds tend to be thermals in the summer and storms In the winter. I have used a 17m kite on a twin tip on occasion. It gets out of hand fast. The foil and ultra now mean I don’t need it.
I’m 15-25kts I’m usually on a 9m kite. I haven’t really needed the 7m yet, but there were a couple of fall/winter storms I missed out on before I got it.
During dog walks around Chatfield this winter I encountered a kiter (?) several times. Spoke with him often and he regularly kites on Chatfield and Dillon. Suggested trail along the Continental Divide above Loveland Pass is a popular kiting area.
This fellow also had a kiting dedicated vehicle. RRoom for himself and nothing else. Full of different kites and skis, boards, etc. Even had a recumbent trike strapped to the roof for whatever. Drives west out I70 to the desert in the off season for kiting with the trike.
Why am I not surprised that Mike is into this? So little time, so many toys. Carry on.......obsessively.
Interesting to see some fellow snow kiter. Despite snow 6+ months a year here in Northern Sweden, it's not very popular and I often kite alone. Have two sails for now: Peter Lynn venom 10m & flexifoil sabre 7m
Unfortunately wind is terrible as it's often pretty gusty and shifty. Often under 10 knots or over 25 which means kite not flying or overpowered, especially when gust are 2 times stronger than base wind. Few good spots around and going for a ride whenever possible. Always fun to play around and trying to keep it safe. Going on randonnee skis with the skins and foldable poles in the bag.
Do your aqueducts have sloped wall on either side? I can see that being like an endless half-pipe for a wing and offroad skateboard or landboard!
Our urban rivers are unpaved unfortunately, and landboards are kind of slow on the soft bits. The paved path is narrow but rideable. But L.A.'s concrete river, that could work. Too much trash and gravel for regular skateboards, and the problem with landboards is that they are so wide that they are nearly impossible to push without giving oneself a hernia via some weird push crabwalk. But a wing and a landboard with pneumatic tires could work, I have an MBS Atom board that could do it ... if there is wind down there. Any idea about wind down in the L.A. River?
Plenty of wind in the LA aquaducts during a SantaAna wind event! We used to ride an almost identical wall as in your YouTube vid except we only had about 30 feet of flat before the water hazard... Lots of lost boards there.