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by FLandOBX
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 12 year old - learning to kite - Best spot March /April
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: 12 year old - learning to kite - Best spot March /April

Hatteras will provide both shallow water and jet ski or boat assisted lessons. The water can still be cool on the soundside at that time (cold in the ocean), so he'd want some neoprene (at least a shorty and steamer top). Turks & Caicos is one of my favorite locations for beginners (clear water,...
by FLandOBX
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New kitesurfer - need help buying my first kite
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: New kitesurfer - need help buying my first kite

Hey, Tazw. Welcome. There is some good advice in this thread, so I'll not repeat it. But I do think you are right about the 9m size, and I'd be careful about the "biggest kite first" advice. I'd rephrase that advice. If you assume that you'll eventually have a 3-kite quiver (say 7m, 9m, 12...
by FLandOBX
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Quiver question (newbie)
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Quiver question (newbie)

Hey, 2000f. No question is a "dumb beginner question", at least not for most of us. Using different size boards will definitely widen the range of your kites. For example, if you have three boards (a small high wind board, a medium "go-to" board, and a large light wind board or a...
by FLandOBX
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines
Replies: 29
Views: 1760

Re: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines

Bruce Buffer, thanks for that video. That's an improvement over the GoPro mounts I've seen in the past. It still makes me nervous attaching the mount to both center lines. Somebody has got to have a better idea??? :?:
by FLandOBX
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines
Replies: 29
Views: 1760

Re: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines

Question; did the guy activate the QR? If not would it have made a difference? It does not look like he did. Would it have made a difference? Doubtfully. Not with a GoPro mount binding together his two center lines. Because of the way the GoPro attaches to both center lines, a single centerline fla...
by FLandOBX
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines
Replies: 29
Views: 1760

Re: Bad Kiteboarding Crash - When your board gets into the lines

Bad accident. Hope the guy recovers quickly.

I have to agree with Tone and TonyC on the real cause of this accident.......GoPro attached to the center lines. Boots vs. straps totally misses the crux of the problem.
by FLandOBX
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?
Replies: 38
Views: 1604

Re: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?

as nice as the instructor certifications are to me they just signify that the instructor has enough money to pay for the courses. There are plenty of qualified people out there that can teach wave riding without the IKO cert. I wish they lowered the barrier for instructors, maybe let someone test u...
by FLandOBX
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?
Replies: 38
Views: 1604

Re: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?

This thread is really pretty funny. Here's a summary of what we've said: 1. Most people don't have any use for PASA or IKO. 2. If you happen to be "affiliated" with either in any way, you're a half step below a P.O.S. 3. You can be "affiliated" for free, but you have to pay to ge...
by FLandOBX
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Northern Carribean locations for kitesurfing
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Northern Carribean locations for kitesurfing

I am a huge fan of the TCI. But just so the OP isn't misled, you won't find "chest high waves" on Provo. The only surf break is over the reef on the Grace Bay side of the island, and the prevailing winds are driven by the easterly trade breezes.....making the other side (Long Bay) the prem...
by FLandOBX
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?
Replies: 38
Views: 1604

Re: Independent rider license or certificate - what is it?

If someone was renting gear from me I would insist on evaluating their competency myself, regardless of what their little card says. I totally agree. IMHO, the best evaluation of a gear renter's competency is how they respond when asked, "Can you explain how you'll self-rescue if necessary?&qu...

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