Excellent advice folks, thanks for getting back to me on this.
I have zero experience of longer whips, I have two each of five feet and seven feet, seven feet being more than long enough for what we use them for during our performance. I prefer the five footers personally as there isn't always a lot of space, and they crack impressively enough. I would only consider wrapping a person once I'd managed to be accurate 100% of the time, but you only get there by taking the plunge and trying it out!
I will ponder whether to aim for a 9 or 10 foot whip.. I like the karaka whips I have been ordering from home of poi to use at the moment, we can't consider investing in something more pricey this year as there are other things we need first.. But they only come up to 9 feet, hence the question. Our time will come!
Good advice re: rolled up carpet. Fritz I've seen self body wraps and yes they do look good! I definitely need to practice wraps as it's not something I've worked on yet. With whip practice I find it's good t be working on a few things at the same time as it keeps my ADHD brain occupied!
Thanks again for the great advice, all duly noted and considered.