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by FLandOBX
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 37
Views: 1738

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

Hey, slim. For a beginner, still trying to figure things out, a 12 m LEI in 14 knots (especially a light weight beginner) is just perfect. If the OP said his typical wind is 20+ knots, I'd definitely recommend a 9 m. He's a beginner. :thumb: Op supports this message. It will be my first kite, I'm a...
by FLandOBX
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 37
Views: 1738

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

People recommending 12s in 8-14knts on a tt wtf... am i missing something? I'm with Mossy n foilholio... sub 20 on a tt isn't worth getting out of bed for! Hey, slim. For a beginner, still trying to figure things out, a 12 m LEI in 14 knots (especially a light weight beginner) is just perfect. If t...
by FLandOBX
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 40
Views: 2904

Re: Casualty in Sicily

You will for sure pardon my poor english since this will be a long post. I was thinking yesterday night about the accident. Apparently, every of us here in front of our pc screen is cautious and reasonable. The video of the squall coming speaks for itself, it's a totally no go situation. It's so ea...
by FLandOBX
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leaky tube
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Leaky tube

Easy DIY project. Remove enough of the leading edge so that you can access the leaky valve. Remove the old valve using a heat source to loosen the adhesive (hair dryer works well). Use an alcohol pad to clean the bladder in preparation for new valve. Apply a new stick-on valve (check www.airtimekite...
by FLandOBX
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 40
Views: 2904

Re: Casualty in Sicily

So, it is ok to play Russian Roulette with a gun in your mouth or stumble around on a high speed roadway drunk because if it isn't your time, no harm? What about using common sense keeping the gun out of your mouth in the first place, off the highway and staying out of squalls, particularly ones th...
by FLandOBX
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 37
Views: 1738

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

9m is too small. An 11 or 12m would be fine. Several of the previous commenters seem to overlook the fact that you're a beginner and have just completed lessons. You don't need a 15m and you don't need a foil kite (??!!). A good 11 or 12m coupled with a larger board (width is more important than len...
by FLandOBX
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Weed now legal in South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Weed now legal in South Africa

I once heard about a study using airplane flight simulators. Trained pilots were tested on the simulators to determine if alcohol impaired their performance. The results showed that pilots performed best after 1-2 drinks. No drinks or more than 2 drinks resulted in lower scores. The explanation was ...
by FLandOBX
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Weed now legal in South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Weed now legal in South Africa

Legalization is fine with me. But I prefer not have stoned kiters on the water when I'm kiting, or stoned drivers on the road when I'm driving. :o
by FLandOBX
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: OBX fall north winds reversed from summer
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: OBX fall north winds reversed from summer

Yes, NW or NNW is fine in Salvo. If it goes NE, then your best soundside location is Frisco. Some will kite NNE in the flats adjacent to Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, but Frisco is the cleanest NE wind on soundside and worth the drive.
by FLandOBX
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Self Landing Foilkites in 20+kts
Replies: 47
Views: 2449

Re: Self Landing Foilkites in 20+kts

This is slightly off-topic, but do others run into problems when asking for an assisted landing? There aren't many foil kites at my launch sites, and most LEI riders don't know how to land a foil kite. I'll usually say something like "catch the tip of the kite, walk upwind, then lay the kite on the ...

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