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by iblocalsurfer
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Thanks BW. I haven't flown a Cabrinha since 2008 and thinking of giving them a try. I've heard some say that cabrinha's have heavy bar pressure. Is that the case with the Drifters. (like compared to a North Neo in the same size)
by iblocalsurfer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

?????How's the bar pressure, turning speed, and low end? sizes 9m/11m. Thanks in advance :thumb:
by iblocalsurfer
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

@ Topmick, I might have been mistaken. A friend of mine who owns a surfshop told me Firewire was discontinuing the FST for Helium Tech only. In hindsight, I'm wondering if he just meant the Sweet Potato(now Chum Lee). Do you know if they are discontinuing the FST construction? The Sweet Potato and ...
by iblocalsurfer
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

In the meantime, I'm going to pick up a few FST's for cheap since there yesterdays news. That Nano was only $220. :D Has anyone ridden that shape or one like it? I'm dying to take it out. Trying to decide thruster or quad, leaning towards thruster.
by iblocalsurfer
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

I have a local shop do it for $80. They are the best surfboard repair shop in San Diego (at least IMO). They've been modifying our boards for the last 6 years or so. I still get the big foot wells in the front, but that's it. I have only had 1 Sweet Potato delam in the front foot area(after modified...
by iblocalsurfer
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

Yes, I do. With the modified deck, I have only buckled one board. It cracked just beyond the 3/4 layer of cloth. My front slipped too far forward and I came down too hard. It just buckled the top of the board, so I put a big strip of gorilla tape on it. I still ride that board today with the tape on...
by iblocalsurfer
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

@ Topmick,
I might have been mistaken. A friend of mine who owns a surfshop told me Firewire was discontinuing the FST for Helium Tech only. In hindsight, I'm wondering if he just meant the Sweet Potato(now Chum Lee). Do you know if they are discontinuing the FST construction?
by iblocalsurfer
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 95
Views: 12728

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

FireWire is going to discontinue their FST technology in their surfboard line. It will be replaced with the new helium technology. Not sure how it will affect their kiteboards, however, a friend that rides for them says the Helium is stronger then FST. He has just been kiting with a stock Helium sur...
by iblocalsurfer
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ripstop on new kites
Replies: 12
Views: 1594

Re: Ripstop on new kites

I never paid much attention to it until just recently. A friend of mine said that his 2017 14m Pivot lost some of it's lowend from it's original version and thinks it might be from the new material.
by iblocalsurfer
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ripstop on new kites
Replies: 12
Views: 1594

Ripstop on new kites

Naish is currently using a 4 by 4 cross stitching pattern in their ripstop (quad-tex). Liquid Force is using a 3 by 3 and so is Core. North claims that the 3 by 2 is the ideal pattern for durability and performance. Blade is using a 2 by 2, so does that mean a little less strength and a bit better p...

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