Hello fellow Kappers,
I am a new member and new to this KAP world and realize that this kite hobby runs deep. Over the last 2 months I have really gotten into the whole KAP thing, and I must say it's really addictive. Every time there is wind I get the itch to run out on fly..lol. But after several flights and reading a lot on this site I am beginner to understand the patience and the focus needed to do KAP. I am starting to understand the kites and how important the right wind is for different kites which brings me to my kites: a 7' Rok from Skydog (Dragon design), 56" Rok from Premier kites, a 10' delta, and a 7.5 rainbow Airfoil kite from In the breeze.
This is how it all started. During this Covid time I had some extra time on my hands as I was now working from home. I figured I can just go out into the open field behind my development when every I feel the wind was sufficient to fly my Airfoil, one of the kites I had at the time along with another cheap diamond kite. Those few kite flying sessions were so therapeutic with everything that was going on with this pandemic. I then had the thought a couple days later, "what about hooking my Vivitar action cam to my Airfoil?" I then Googled it and Youtube it an this whole world of KAP came to light. I had no idea this was a thing and my mind was blown. I then went and made a Picavet got the stronger kite lines and was off to the races. I still have a lot to learn and I realize with KAP you just have to get out there and fly and you will learn alot. This brings me to an observation between my Roks and Delta. It's still early in the amount of flying time I have put on these kites, but what I have observed so far is that the Delta seems to be more stable in higher winds, while the Roks sort of get this crazy hourglass shape. The both Roks pulls like a wild horse while the Delta is more manageable to control. I have scanned this site over several weeks and I bought the Roks as everyone on here spoke so highly of them, but so far from my experience it has been a love hate relationship. The few times I have flown them were not fun as I was constantly fighting with them. I guess the wind probably was a bit too much for them as there were some gusts every few minutes. The Delta on the other hand was an ease to fly and I did not feel like I had to fight with the kite even in same amount of wind. My first KAP was from the Delta kite, and the second one was from the 7' ROK. I really want to love the Roks as I like how they look in the sky, maybe I just need to give them more time and fly them in lighter wind. This brings me to a question. Many say the roks fly well in lighter winds but wouldn't it be an issue lifting a rig when the wind is light? How would the Rok keep climbing to lift a rig when there is light wind? This maybe a question based on my inexperience but this question has been on my mind for the last couple days. I have not experience the light winds while flying the Roks yet so I am eager to test out this concept.
I really enjoy the content on this site and hope the activity on the forum picks up.