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by Don Monnot
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I draw a kitesurf comics...
Replies: 32
Views: 7639

Re: I draw a kitesurf comics...

I was sure my first jump was 10 - 20 feet. It felt like I was in the air forever. REALITY: Probably more like 5 feet. Love the comics.
by Don Monnot
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: WMFG Pump issue?
Replies: 0
Views: 354

WMFG Pump issue?

Most of my kites are pump-ups. About a month ago I was out in -5 degree F temps and went to use my WMFG Pump, and as soon as I started to straighten out the hose it broke. It was the only pump I had along, but I fortunately had an open cell foil that was marginally big enough to use that day. I hear...
by Don Monnot
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Warmer booties trick
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Warmer booties trick

We're now down into the zero to 4 degrees C range for both water and air temps. I hate cold feet and hands, and I think I accidentally found a trick to keep my feet warmer with the same booties. My old cold water (7 mm) booties were about worn out, and I was using them in the warmer weather as foot ...
by Don Monnot
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mittens vs. 3 Finger Gloves vs. 5 Finger Gloves
Replies: 26
Views: 1579

Re: Mittens vs. 3 Finger Gloves vs. 5 Finger Gloves

I totally agree (I plan on riding tomorrow when it's air temp about 35 degrees F) that full mitts are the best. Whatever you buy, though, make sure they're not too small. Too tight at the wrist is just as much of a problem as too tight on the hand. As long as the wrist is at least snug around the ou...
by Don Monnot
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North bag zips complete sh*t!
Replies: 36
Views: 3287

Re: North bag zips complete sh*t!

Velcro pockets for keys and such, drawstring opening for the kite, straps and pockets for bar and pump--seems too easy, doesn't it? Wazup, North? It shouldn't add to the cost, either. (JIMOHO) (just in my overly humble opinion). :lol:
by Don Monnot
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North bag zips complete sh*t!
Replies: 36
Views: 3287

Re: North bag zips complete sh*t!

My Ozone bags don't have zippers. No problem getting the kite in and out of the bag. Just a drawstring at the top. One of the strings broke--no problem putting in a new string. North: Why use zips? I also have kite bags with zips, and so far no problems with the zips, but I'm a fresh water kiter.
by Don Monnot
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 2370

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: 2370

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: 2370

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: 2370

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...

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