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Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2018
Brand: Lecca Lecca
Size: 08.5m, 11m, 15m
Type: Foil
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Rider Profile

Foil racers and performance freeriders

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The MINIMAbeta is a 25 cell, high aspect (6), free race, closed cell depower foil kite optimized for hydrofoiling. By reducing the number of cells, the kite is as light as similar sized race kites, but made with much sturdier 41gsm cloth. With two large inlets and ample cross-porting, the kite fills rapidly and holds its pressure well. The reduced number of cells allows for a simple line plan that reduces drag, and genuine sheathed Liros bridle lines make for easy tangle-free line management. All center cells are bridled while the tip areas are cross-braced (V-ribs) and bridled every other cell. This distributes load accordingly while maintaining a rigid and accurate shape. Mini-ribs on all cells create quick acceleration through the wind window, and leading edge battens help maintain the profile in lulls as well as transmit detailed kite feedback directly down the front lines to the bar. Turning is quick and crisp.

The MINIMAbeta is compatible with all standard four line 55cm bars. This means any bar that flags out to one front line, and has all line lengths equal when the bar is sheeted all the way in and trim is all the way out (max power). Recommended line lengths are 17 meters and longer.

Features

  • Genuine Liros sheathed Dyneema lines for tangle free setup
  • Leading edge battens help keep the profile stable during lulls and transmit direct feedback down the front lines to the control bar
  • Horizontal straps stabilize the kite creating a solid feel
  • Auto-stable and highly efficient profile optimized for large cell widths
  • Mini ribs on the trailing edge create quick acceleration and reduce drag
  • Diagonal cross-bracing distributes line loading uniformly, further stabilizing the kite’s arc
  • Two large one-way intake vents fill the kite rapidly
  • Air dump valve for self-rescue or post-session pack up
  • Line keeper to keep your lines in order until the next session
  • Tip drains should water enter the kite
  • Large cross-ports allow the kite to fill rapidly and maintain even pressure throughout.
  • Flatter arc creates a large projected area for high efficiency
  • Small pack volume

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2018
Brand: Lecca Lecca
Size: 08.5m, 11m, 15m
Type: Foil
One pump: n.a.
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: n.a.
Colours: Various
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: n.a.
Depower: n.a.
Safety: n.a.
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: n.a.
Oh shit handles: n.a.

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Lecca Lecca Minima 11m
Name:
Alberto 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 19.09.2019 at 10:47 hour
Comments:
I've used it for 3 sessions and I'm sincerely impressed. My only previous experience with foil kites was with a Pansh A15 12m2 and the Lecca feels much more agile, turns and flyies through the window quicker and it's in general orders of magnitude more fun to fly.

First session with ~10 knots on strapless Zeeko freeride hydrofoil. It took a while to get used to the kite. Looping was nice and easy but if I pulled too much on the steering line kite was stalling while turning on the spot and losing power, which I used several times to save the kite from falling in the water. Relaunched once without problems

Second session, the wind was dying down, started well powered, but eventually wind must have been around 8-7 knots and had problems waterstarting. Kite is quite light and stayed in the air nicely, far lighter to what I could waterstart or to what my Pansh would even fly in. Kept on trying, wind got even lighter and the kite ended up on the waves. I couldn't relaunch even pumping the front lines and in the 10 min that took me to come back to shore there was a significant amount of water inside. From now on I'll take more precautions and come back when I'm having issues waterstarting.

3rd session the wind started around 12 and picked up later to 18+. Started with the hydrofoil, nicely powered, amazing speeds for my level when reaching: constant pull, but still able to depower when needed. Eventually I could only go deep upwind or downwind, far too much power when reaching. Swapped to TT and had a nice session going fast, getting serious speed and some floaty jumps, not so high, though, I guess I have to improve my technique.

Honestly, I don't understand how the kite is not more popular considering the price tag compared to some other foil kites. With the 2x1 offer the price is similar to Pansh ones!! 
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Lecca Lecca Minima 11m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
95 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
18 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 9 knots up to 14
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
price quality
 
PoorGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 06.05.2018 at 22:10 hour
Comments:
In moderate condition the Minima flies great. Makes it's wind window wide without flying overhead. It needs the right steering input for the best performance, this small sweet spot makes it for tube riders a bit harder to step into the foil experience. Still give it a hour and you'll get used to this kite. That's alway's a thing. You love it or hate the foil kites. Personally I like foils in the lowest wind ranges. There aren't (or must I say I never flown) tube kites that fly under 6 knots. Tried it but couldn't find one! Still, this was a 11m and I could foil in 8 knots of wind. If you go above 12 knots the Minima will give you a challenge. Try to keep up, accelerate and enjoy the speed. The on/off power stroke is a-bit shorter than the Flysurfer kites. Again this is a personal thing.  
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Lecca Lecca Minima 11m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
95 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
18 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 8
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
price quality
 
PoorGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
boost
 
SoftStrong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 06.05.2018 at 21:48 hour
Comments:
Tested the Lecca-lecca Minima in very light winds (5-8 knots) and moderate hydrofoil winds (9-14 knots) This review is in the very light wind session.The Lecca-lecca comes always kite only and I tested the kite with a four line North 24m bar.
The low end of the 11m lies between 8 knots. It was stable, needed a bit work to keep it flying in around 6 knots. The Minima doesn't come with a bar, I believe that different bars have impact on the flying characteristics. I was flying with a V split, the designer told me it wouldn't be a problem! The Minima, has a bit more boost and lift than the other foils we tested. It also needs a bit more work to keep it in the air (low end winds), Moderate/ high end winds no problem! To much tension on the steering lines the Minima has the intention to backstall, to much steering power and the kite will pivot with power loss. So you need good bar tuning and foil steering experience for the best performance. That's the biggest difference between this kite and the more experienced brands. The experienced brand have a history of tuning and made kites with a wider range of usability. That said, the Minima is half price of a Flysurfer. So a good hourly wage to get used to this kite. Durability not tested, material quality looks good. It doesn't have the high quality of the new Flysurfer Soul, but it certainly doesn't feel cheap.  
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