- Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:19 am »
These guys have money and contacts in the industry, so they have developped some Booties which are lighter than snow ski boots but fit snow ski fittings.
Their skis are standard water skis moulded with a foam layer on the top and thermal wrap plastic.
I have been doing it for 5 years with council pick-up waterskis, which are just some old beginer skis.
I use my HQ Crossfire 6m on handles with a Liquid-Force harness in 12kn minimum. I have an empty backpack and a floatation vest so that when I crash, I take the skis off (attached with velcro leach to my ankles) and I stuff my sinking kite in the backpack.
Thankfuly, that doesn't happen often. I also ride on the wave bar, not too far from the shore.
Standard waterskis are fine, providing they are nearly as high as you are to allow enough carying surface. I have just added a strap to press down my foot onto the ski as the standard waterski fittings are pretty loose.
I'd like to have their Booty system, but when you fall, you can't swim with booties...
I saw once an old footage from Peter Lynn, where one of their design engineers was kite waterskiing.
The fact is that kite waterskiing is faster than standard kitesurfing because there is more surface and the fins placed at the back + the ski edges = less drift. They also go upwind better than a board.
It's just not as transportable and fashionable than a small light and flashy board.
But I belong to the older generation and I was on rollerskates compared to new generations who were on a skateboard, so I like my 2 feet on 2 planks !!