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It looks like HQ Kites may soon be entering in the world of high aspect depower race kites with the Zeekai.

It may be a weird name, but HQ traditionally make high quality kites, but at lower prices then the other big name manufactures, so it may shake things up a bit.

In the Facebook video link below it looks to be open cell, but for use in the snow that wouldn't be a problem.

 

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=817137398354701&id=220503688018078&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fvideo.php&_rdr

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Appears to have q bit of curvature to it, compared to the much flatter Sonic-FR.

Well according to Nigel and Joel having more curvature and less projected area makes kites faster. That must be why they keep buying Arc kites to chase speed. :wall2::derisive:

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Buuhuuu at one point I thought it was going to be a closed cell - I would love a closed cell race foil at a slight lower price tag than the Sonic and Chronic - oh well there's still time for Peter Lynn to improve the Vapor, if and when they enter I do hope it will not be too late :o

//M

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Well according to Nigel and Joel having more curvature and less projected area makes kites faster. That must be why they keep buying Arc kites to chase speed. :wall2::derisive:

Hmm, still no bites from the fishies.....

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That must be why they keep buying Arc kites to chase speed. :wall2::derisive:

Considering you sold a Speed3 12m to buy a Pansh Aurora any authority you have on the subject of kite choice has been spent, and by no means well :upyours:

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Considering you sold a Speed3 12m to buy a Pansh Aurora any authority you have on the subject of kite choice has been spent, and by no means well :upyours:

Really? Is that what I did? :dontknow:

Maybe if you actually showed up to Yeppoon the last 2 years you would know... :P

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The game is a foot!

 

Now we just need PL to release their Vapor de-power kite. :popcorm1:

Yawn... 2016????

seriously Nigel, it's time to give up the dream and try a different manufacturer. Your high aspect depower race kite is out there it's just made by someone other then your beloved Peter Lynn. 

HQ, Elf, Ozone, Libre, Flysurfer. They are all making depower race kites.

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Here is the interview from German Mag "Kite and friends" -

 

KITE & friends: Stretched, powerful Depower kites are announced. Why HQ brings here the Zeekai his own product?
Jan Hendrik Junker: Currently the race disciplines on land, snow and water are becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, we want to offer our riders also a kite, which allows you to ride up front. At the same time, we believe that we can open the Race-Sport to a wide audience with our concept.

Will you compete against Flysurfer Ozone and the highest final performance or have you an original concept?
Surely it is always a goal to have a screen that moves ahead. The first race this winter showed that the Zeekai exactly can and can stand up to the competition. However decide at the highest level ever, the driver, a little luck and the jury's decisions.Compared to the pure racing machines from Flysurfer and Ozone we have placed a lot of emphasis on controllability, stability and maneuverability, which extends the range of the kite many times and makes it considerably easier to tease out the high-end performance and maximum speed.

Why is high maneuverability so important and how you have achieved this?
The fun factor but plays a crucial role in a kite and the number of hardcore racer is still very limited. It was therefore important for us to put a lot of emphasis on momentum to extend the application range of Zeekai.Even just in the race afloat during all maneuvers are always beneficial. Thus, the Zeekai is also known as Fun Cruiser - -einzusetzen course with an enormous amount of propulsion and donated freestylers unexpected hang-time, as well as by the high maneuverability hardly a comparable lift in this segment.

For good handling your sets on an open Celler concept. What advantages result from the fact?
Our designer has deliberately almost all chambers left open to reduce drag and produce a constant internal pressure. Especially with this kite stretching the wingtips are always prone folding. The open concept we could reduce this significantly. Although we kite, although it is open to apply for the use of water, we believe in the stability advantage. We see another advantage in its suitability light wind. Especially the 16.0- and 19.0-square versions need almost no wind and need not be pre-filled with a lot of effort.

Flight stability and a lot of depower are fundamentally opposed to high airspeed and much Amwindleistung. As you have mastered this balancing act?
This mystery lies deep in the tread design. Like nearly all our kites will also Zeekai without much design technical gimmicks. Rather, it's about the pure kite itself that stands out for its "simple" design.

Which sizes will be and when can we expect the release of the kite series?
Currently the sizes 10.0, 13.0, 16.0 and 19.0 square meters are planned. To use the same lightweight 20D Canvas will come as the current Matrixx II. We are busy with the last works and hope to bring the kite in spring on the market.

Which disciplines did you do to the Zeekai in focus? Is it suitable by buggy to kitesurfing?
As already mentioned, the kite is very versatile and offers even at very little wind much power. There is then no matter what race discipline it is used. Many of our team riders also used in the test phase the kite extensively for freestyling. Certainly part of the Zeekai on the water only in the hands of professionals. Whether open or closed - is a kite of such extension in the water always difficult to start again. A real racer knows: Who Drops his kite loses. And who can win, so does an Open Celler.

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seriously Nigel, it's time to give up the dream and try a different manufacturer. Your high aspect depower race kite is out there it's just made by someone other then your beloved Peter Lynn. 

HQ, Elf, Ozone, Libre, Flysurfer. They are all making depower race kites.

Yes I know.....:cray:

 

On the plus side, PL haven't released their race kite, so where this will sit among the other manufacturers who knows. 

As this is no doubt a while away, we can expect second and even third gen. kites from Ozone and Flysurfer?

My advantage, is I don't have any cash to purchase a new quiver at the moment, and the old faithful Arcs have more than a few years left in them.

We'll see where PL are at in a few years. :popcorm2:

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Hello
I'm new to your forum so here is a brief presentation
My name is Jerome and I am a French driver of class 8 (buggy) in conpetition and I roll in vapor, but during my exits outside the competition I looked for a sail depower for rolled without having changed of sail because the winds can be changing over great distances.
I just bought a zeekai 13 m2 and I'm looking for information on buggy driving the zeekai,
While browsing the net I saw that on your forum there are pictures of driver (Joel) zeekai buggy, do you have feedback because on the French forums there is no information except snokite MTB
Thank you in advance for your answers
Ps i think by google translate be indulgent with me

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Welcome @djeridoux  (Jerome) :good:

Not sure there is anyone who can help.

Australia is far removed from the kite buggy racing scene, and there are no races done in this country.

The most common de-power race kites here are the Flysurfers and the Ozones, but there are not many around used in buggies  (most are used by the Hydrofoil riders). 

Information on the HQ Zeekai is limited and I know of no users here in Australia.

I would expect that if you find the HQ dealer in Europe, they should be able to answer your questions better than we can.

Good luck. :drinks:

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