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by cleepa
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Self-teaching
Replies: 41
Views: 4034

Re: Self-teaching

..and stay away from any beach I frequent because you will be the guy that hurt someone else and gets kiting banned. This is an important reason you shouldn't teach yourself. At a lot of beaches, it feels like a matter of "when not if" someone does something stupid and gets kiting banned from that ...
by cleepa
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 3D printing of kite plastic parts: low friction sliding ring
Replies: 90
Views: 5291

Re: 3D printing of kite plastic parts: low friction sliding ring

My apologies if I missed something, but what is wrong with the Antal ring...? Antal ring is fine, only issue ALU doesn't like salt water and so much friction when rope catches some sand. I've been using an Antal low friction ring for a couple of years now. It looks the same as when I bought it. Pre...
by cleepa
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Stance ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1494

Re: Stance ?

Learn to ride all four stances! For me, the different stances feel best in different setups. I use them all in different circumstances. Sometimes, the stance that feels best isn't the obvious choice, so you don't know until you try. And being comfortable trying means being able to ride all four well.
by cleepa
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: High wind surfboard to add to my nugget
Replies: 12
Views: 1016

Re: High wind surfboard to add to my nugget

Not a specific recommendation. But, you should try a lot of boards before buying one. And definitely don't just go with the most popular recommendation you get from this thread. Surfboard choice is very personal. It depends a lot on your conditions and how you ride. So, you'll find there's a ton of ...
by cleepa
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite designers, don't do this s**t please
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: Kite designers, don't do this s**t please

Ah well, not quite sure what to say about the Wainman bars. Although I haven't used their kites for a long while now, I continued to use their bars. I had one bar that had the same thing happen as with yours. It happened after only 2 seasons. I think it was the previous revision of the bar to yours....
by cleepa
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: airtimes valves de-laminating
Replies: 8
Views: 812

Re: airtimes valves de-laminating

So, the secret to getting the sticky stuff off anything isn't rubbing alcohol, it isn't goo-b-gone or any of those things. It is Trader Joe's citrus orange air freshener. If you can't get that, it is also sold under the Air Therapy brand. It is the only stuff I have found that really works. Spray it...
by cleepa
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Most durable kite bar and lines
Replies: 28
Views: 2555

Re: Most durable kite bar and lines

Personally, I would much rather have unsheathed lines. It means that you can easily see when they wear out. It also makes them easier to replace.
by cleepa
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 2289

Re: Hindenburg

Strutless kites are pretty awesome at handling this situation. When the nose of the kite dips, the canopy of a strutted kite is at quite an angle to the wind and gets pushed down out of the air instead of back into the window. With a strutless kite, the canopy luffs completely and drag acts to push ...
by cleepa
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Big Kiteloops always end in an enema
Replies: 12
Views: 1503

Re: Big Kiteloops always end in an enema

Maybe try one of these?
by cleepa
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best place to learn waves
Replies: 6
Views: 974

Re: Best place to learn waves

Something that helps a lot with learning waves is learning surfboard basics on flat water. How to make S turns following the kite, being good at riding toeside, being able to turn around quickly, gybes, 30ft strapless airs like Ian Alldredge... just kidding on the last one. Anyhow, getting as much t...

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