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by mede
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is Wakestyle dead?
Replies: 100
Views: 33857

Re: Is Wakestyle dead?

Wakestyle covers just a very narrow bit of what Kitesurfing really can be, and you need specific conditions for it. I would not say it's the most difficult style in Kitebsurfing, but certainly the most demanding on your body. Look at me, I'm over 40 now, would consider myself really fit, but my body...
by mede
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Surfboard Size Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 6087

Re: Surfboard Size Poll

Me: 75 kg / 165 lbs, on a 5.2 Tomo Vanguard. 100% strapless.

Other than Peter, I love the Planing Hulls :-)
(But we both like the same kind of kites ;) )
by mede
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Poll! who is going to win King of the Air 2018?
Replies: 27
Views: 3759

Re: Poll! who is going to win King of the Air 2018?

It will depend a lot on what the judges are looking for...
If wakestyle gets the nod ==> Hadlow
If hooked in elevation and smoothness ==> Langeree
by mede
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: On Shore Wave Kites
Replies: 61
Views: 10910

Re: On Shore Wave Kites

My take on things (confirming what some of you already said): * To have fun, at least a couple of degrees side here and there are a must, fully completely on does not cut it for me. Kite: * Fast * very quick-turning, with defined feedback * Must fly upwind very well * Must drift nicely and with stab...
by mede
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds
Replies: 41
Views: 5366

Re: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds

@plummet: I'm with you on this - in conditions as you describe (ridiculously overpowered). Did the same in Tarifa one day - no other option. But in regular conditions, I stay with what I mentioned before: fly to edge, steer down hard, pull upper front line, and when landed quickly walk flag line to ...
by mede
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds
Replies: 41
Views: 5366

Re: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds

Tether is definitely the safest as long as you have a good anchor. Helix screw work better than dog anchor corkscrews in our sand at the Oregon Coast. Usually we have enough driftwood to tie to and Harbor Freight has 2” towstrap with forged shackles 12’ Long for under $10 It depends how close the t...
by mede
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds
Replies: 41
Views: 5366

Re: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds

In that kind of wind I’d try this first (especially if kite is still dry and you don’t want a birds nest):- Assuming you have a good-sized area of beach – for plan B below, just in case! – Bring kite to side of window on the beach about 3m off the ground, steer the kite hard to the ground and immed...
by mede
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds
Replies: 41
Views: 5366

Re: How To Self-Land a Kite in High Winds

I would suggest that instead of just releasing, you fly the kite to the window, steer it down (possibly grabing both front lines for an impulse), then pull the upwind frontline to properly touch the kite down. Then proceed as you described
by mede
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Anyone ride both Firewire Vanguard vs. OR Duke?
Replies: 15
Views: 3979

Re: Anyone ride both Firewire Vanguard vs. OR Duke?

Jwoo wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:11 pm
We bought a Jester for my wife to learn on, and I loved it so much I bought one for myself. Rides smoother and faster than the Vanguard.
Are you sure about the "faster" part of your statement? :wink:
by mede
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Takoon furia phi, good for big air?
Replies: 4
Views: 915

Re: Takoon furia phi, good for big air.

It's a very different kite than your old waroo. It will turn MUCH faster, and the feeling on the bar is ways more direct. I like the furias a lot in the medium and smaller sizes, they are incredibly dynamic. For big air, they are excellent for height (go really fast, then with a strong impulse stear...

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