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by rynhardt
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: self launch - minimize kite damage
Replies: 18
Views: 1266

Re: self launch - minimize kite damage

One trick is to self launch a little bit deeper into the window than most videos show. You don't want the kite to stand up right at the edge of the window, it's more unstable, you've got less control and it will want to drag downwind. Once you commit to the launch, don't think of 'launching' the kit...
by rynhardt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Filled epoxy rails
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Filled epoxy rails

I saw this on a high priced board manufacturer's site. Looks like carbon additive mixed with epoxy to form the rails. Seems like a great way to simplify your supply chain and re-use carbon fibre cutoffs. Plus bonding should be easier than with urethane or abs. Makes me wonder why we bother with abs/...
by rynhardt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Epoxy Gloss Coats How To
Replies: 9
Views: 720

Re: Epoxy Gloss Coats How To

Yeah you certainly don't need a glossy finish to sell high priced boards :jump:
by rynhardt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

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 rynhardt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

Re: Hindenburg

Sometimes we get super gusty, shifty conditions, especially near shore. Sometimes when I get hit with a big shift in direction, my lines go slack and my kite hindenburgs. If it's a really bad shift, my kite will sometimes wind up upwind of me. That can get a little scary as the lines are then drape...
by rynhardt
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Boots Vs Foot Straps
Replies: 21
Views: 2052

Re: Boots Vs Foot Straps

I kind of want to hijack this thread with a question related to boots. If i don't get responses I'll start a new one. I am thinking of switching to boots. What are different things to keep in mind? It seems to me there is not much choice. So do I just get a pair or are there big differences? The tw...
by rynhardt
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Remove Depower Flagline system?
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Remove Depower Flagline system?

Like others have mentioned, it's a good idea to have some way of flagging the kite to one line. Whether that one line is a back line, front line or a 5th line, depends on your kite, control bar and your personal preference. My setup has a ring attached to each front line, at the Y (front line split/...
by rynhardt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Only at jellyfishboards
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Only at jellyfishboards

:thumb:
Awesome idea!
How long does the pigment last? I always thought thermochromics were slightly unstable?
by rynhardt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Boots Vs Foot Straps
Replies: 21
Views: 2052

Re: Boots Vs Foot Straps

Boots Vs Foot Straps - Ride with Blake Vlog 26 Let’s start with the Pros for kiteboarding footstraps. More flexibility for grabs and style Lightweight for travel and general feel Better upwind-ability Softer falls Less expensive What about the cons for foot straps? Less control You can’t land as ha...
by rynhardt
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Finishing a vac bagged peelply surface?
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Finishing a vac bagged peelply surface?

If you want to fill big holes, use an epoxy based fairing compound.

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