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by Don Monnot
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Hindenburg

Yes, yes and yes. Lots of good advice. I've tried pulling in the bottom line an arm's length with some success and then looping the kite. That takes pretty quick response once you see it starting to rotate, but often works. Pulling the top line is something I've not tried. That "drifting deep into t...
by Don Monnot
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Hindenburg

I'll work on practicing the bar flip on shore. Sounds like a good idea. I agree that doing this in light winds is OK, but stronger winds would be dicey. I also ride with a longer kite leash attached to the back of my harness. Primary leash is a short leash. The near-shore issue with people/trees alo...
by Don Monnot
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Hindenburg

Gusty wind alone I can deal with most of the time by just being aware. What usually gives me a hindenburg is when the wind shifts direction while I've got the kite at 10 or 2 o'clock. All of a sudden the kite is outside the wind window and all the lines go slack. Keeping the bar pulled in a bit does...
by Don Monnot
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Hindenburg

Sometimes we get super gusty, shifty conditions, especially near shore. Sometimes when I get hit with a big shift in direction, my lines go slack and my kite hindenburgs. If it's a really bad shift, my kite will sometimes wind up upwind of me. That can get a little scary as the lines are then draped...
by Don Monnot
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FoodSaver Vacuum Seal Bladder Repair
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: FoodSaver Vacuum Seal Bladder Repair

Great thought. I hope it works. I usually use my waxing iron with a pencil (to focus the heat in a narrow strip).
by Don Monnot
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I hate the wmfg pump
Replies: 30
Views: 1929

Re: I hate the wmfg pump

I love mine, especially when pumping up my 15m. The stroke on it seems easier for me. It should be harder (moving more air per stroke in the same amount of time), so it must have something to do with the materials they use in the pump. Maybe the bigger hose, piston seal, ??????? When I pump it up, I...
by Don Monnot
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: go-joe
Replies: 43
Views: 3635

Re: go-joe

I used a Go-Joe for years when my board had gray fins and was the same color as the water. You couldn't see it from 15 yards away in the chop. New board has much brighter colors, and the Go-Joe has been shelved. Body dragging upwind for me was not the issue. Being able to see the board from a distan...
by Don Monnot
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is your favourite wind speed?
Replies: 27
Views: 2074

Re: What is your favourite wind speed?

I'm part of the "under 30" crowd (wind, that is. I more than double that in age). Over 30 tends to get pretty gusty around here, although a SSE at 35 brings some nice waves to a lot of our side of Lake Michigan, and it's usually not too gusty to play with. I've got my light wind weapons, but prefer ...
by Don Monnot
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflating Kite With Helium?
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Inflating Kite With Helium?

I did a quick volume/buoyancy calc, and the best I think you'd get would be a few pounds of buoyancy--not close to neutral. It would probably be more like one or two pounds of buoyancy, so barely noticeable. it's a fun concept to think about, but not gonna work too well.

Don
by Don Monnot
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Introducing Kite Insta-Flator - The World's First fully automatic kite inflation system!
Replies: 15
Views: 2305

Re: Introducing Kite Insta-Flator - The World's First fully automatic kite inflation system!

Hilarious. I'm curious how they managed to hide the actual inflation mechanism when the kite inflated. Great bit of "video magic". Love the comment about "when it's windy, you'll want to anchor your kite before inflating!"

Don

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