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by juandesooka
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now
Replies: 103
Views: 4621

Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

This really depends on the spot, like Toby pointed out, if you have 25+ knots everyday, you wont foil much i guess. But if like me, you have 60% of the day with a seabreeze between 5 and 12 knots, you wont touch the TT much. I started foiling for light wind kicks, then found out the 25kt+ foil days...
by juandesooka
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now
Replies: 103
Views: 4621

Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Very good question. Seems to be folks who look at it as a light wind option and then there are those who strictly ride foil in any situation... Interesting to see how it somewhat divides the kiting community....kind of like the division between the windsurfers and the kiters.....the foilers vs. the...
by juandesooka
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Prodigy??
Replies: 37
Views: 16006

Re: Prodigy??

I am on roam and before that bws. Prodigy 12m is grunty. Turns faster but has more bar pressure. Works fine.....but I prefer roam.better drift too.
by juandesooka
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How much discount on a 2016 kite?
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: How much discount on a 2016 kite?

Retail kite pricing often seems to have a msrp (manufacturer suggested retail price) that pretty much no one pays and then an actual retail price. So when talking % off......need to know what price you are starting with. For example. ...one brand I am familiar with introduced an ambassador program w...
by juandesooka
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

Awesome, sounds like you're on the right track. The ocean side is where the wave are, that's the fun zone! :-) Downwinders are great, you can kitesurf the waves, not have to do the "work" of tacking back of upwind. I have a friend in Australia who is more a surfer than kiter, just plays around with ...
by juandesooka
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

repairing bladders is not normally as difficult as what you're experiencing ... don't know why, guess you've got unlucky selling old stuff ... there's a market for people who are willing to put up the hassles in return for paying less....just like used cars. Sounds like you got a lemon, unfortunatel...
by juandesooka
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

PS in those annoying banner ads.....I see REAL is selling off last year's Slingshot SSTs https://www.realwatersports.com/collections/kiteboarding-sale/products/2017-slingshot-wave-sst-kite?variant=5329339875369 The 9m is $599, which I think is quite a good deal. That is a wave kite along the lines o...
by juandesooka
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

The valves are a problem with old BWS kites: I replaced roughly 10-12 in 6 months across my quiver. Though I suspect I may have helped to delaminate them by leaving in a hot car. That was what I was talking about when I suggested wiggling them, as the glue tends to come stuck and unstuck depending o...
by juandesooka
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

Looking at your pics, I have no idea what that hard plastic bit is about -- is it on all of the strut connectors or just the one slingshot one? (which I assume is a past repair) This is not intended to be a complex system: each bladder has a valve that glues on. The valve has a serrated nipple. A ru...
by juandesooka
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Help with Ben Wilson Surf Slow Leak

If it is holding air 24 hours, then it's problem solved, pump it up and use it! ;-) I'd put it back together, pump it up, close off all the valves, and leave it a half day. If it is still rock hard, then keep an eye on it, and tackle the problem if/when it recurs. If one strut or the LE is deflated,...

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