Wow! I have been kiting since the 90’s so have lived (in hindsight sometimes only just!) through a lot of changes and innovations. Predominantly kite design and more recently with boards. Up until recently we have been using modified surfboards. There are some unique aspects of kiting that challenge these traditional designs.
My understanding is that until now, fin design has not been looked at.
Being 89kg and coming from a windsurfing background I prefer a powered strapped in setup and love driving powered bottom turns. One problem I have alway encountered has been finding a fin that can withstand the forces involved. Invariably I end up snapping the toe side thruster in the middle of the turn. Finding a fin that can do the job in the past has resulted in a stiff wooden feeling and impossible to break out or snap a turn. A frustrating compromise Until now…..
I use a Quad setup on an RRD Cotan 5”2’ and 5’4” I have now been using these fins for 4 months.
From the first time I used them I felt Control; incredible grip in those all important bottom turns and driving through wind blown chop. Speed; they are very fast onto the plane and their reduced drag let’s you point much higher upwind.
This means better light wind performance and easier getting through the sucky cavitating white water.
Loose; unbelievable when you consider what I said above but when you exit the bottom turn and project up the face, with a subtle shift in weight you can break out the fins for tail first slide or project a tweaked aerial landing back on the face tail or nose first with confidence and just do it again all day.
The Performance of these fins is amazingly intuitive, They seem to know what you’re thinking! So much so it has been hard for me to break it down, so I have focused on what I am doing well or better.
At 55years old that’s worth the price of a set of fins!
I am confident that whatever your style, skill or confidence level you will improve with these bad boys!
Cheers Doc Phil