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by Hugh2
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Need advice for beginner - kite size
Replies: 19
Views: 778

Re: Need advice for beginner - kite size

My wife weighs 110 lbs and flies a 19m in 12 knots on a 129/38 board. She likes the large kites better than large boards. As a beginner she'll need a larger kite for the same wind speed. How does she re-launch a 19m kite in 12 knot wind when out of her depth? I've never even flown anything over 16m!
by Hugh2
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Need advice for beginner - kite size
Replies: 19
Views: 778

Re: Need advice for beginner - kite size

That's a very useful chart from Peter Frank. It agrees with my kite size usage at 85kg. While I would normally recommend the Naish Pivot for several reasons as a great kite for a beginner, I don't actually like the 11m a buddy has, at least the 2015/2016 style (no experience with 2017-2019 models). ...
by Hugh2
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??
Replies: 29
Views: 1337

Re: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??

I learned with a loose front strap only, and that worked well for me, no twisted ankles and easy to get away from the board when crashing. I'm comfortable riding smoothly both directions, but only on the Slingshot Hoverglide. Any other foil I've tried just tosses me off, especially the carbon ones. ...
by Hugh2
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ambitious kiter looking for a two-kite-quiver
Replies: 16
Views: 863

Re: Ambitious kiter looking for a two-kite-quiver

I guess I am now a Pivot fanboy, but I strongly recommend it. The kite is amazingly versatile, although a friend has an 11m and I'm not as happy riding it (I think the leading edge is too thin and flexes too much). But I simply love my 7m Pivot in Cape Town, for those strong summer days and for wint...
by Hugh2
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoil Videos
Replies: 346
Views: 94429

Re: Hydrofoil Videos

Hey man! Nice riding with you out there! Thanks for video! I'm the guy in the green NP vest :) Steve on TT. Rodney's learning to go toeside Robert Cook mentioned you on Facebook. You know him? Each April and October, for last five years I've been riding OBX along with Bob and Chicago/Madison/Midwes...
by Hugh2
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoil Videos
Replies: 346
Views: 94429

Re: Hydrofoil Videos

I completed more turns yesterday than ever before. I'm realy getting the hang of this thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkuUa175-9Q Interesting video for me, SaulOhio, as I am around the same stage foiling. What is the board, and the foil? I'm about to mount a Slingshot Hoverglide foil on a rat...
by Hugh2
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Where is good spot to learn wave kitesurfing?
Replies: 12
Views: 8365

Re: Where is good spot to learn wave kitesurfing?

Your info indicates you already ride at Cape Town, or do you only go to Langebaan? If you really ride at Kitebeach or Sunset or Dolphin then you know the conditions well, so as suggested above it's a matter of getting used to riding a surfboard on flat water, then going out in conditions with smalle...
by Hugh2
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best jumping tutorial I have ever seen
Replies: 26
Views: 9248

Re: Best jumping tutorial I have ever seen

I agree with Grigorib, Dimitri's video has most of what you need to jump high, that and lots of practise. OR, you can take a 9m kite in 30-40 knots and waves and do this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uYPknhKwog. Check out the final landing: that, ladies and gents, is a thing of beauty.
by Hugh2
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Drift launch - consistently get steering and front line tangled
Replies: 14
Views: 6036

Re: Drift launch - consistently get steering and front line tangled

Do you absolutely have to wrap the lines up? We drift launch all the time, even sometimes do it in severe conditions when launching at the beach to avoid a sand launch, but always have just enough space to walk back up to the kite with the bar attached, then lift the kite and drag the lines behind i...
by Hugh2
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Directional thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 5281

Re: Directional thoughts

Holy smokes, Matteo, that makes me feel completely incompetent. I can barely tell the difference between my 4-fin Naish Global 6' and my 3-fin Fone Surf 5'11", but they are on different continents, so I don't get to ride them back to back or in similar conditions.

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