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by FLandOBX
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do all High Aspect Kites Control Like Buses?
Replies: 15
Views: 1008

Re: Do all High Aspect Kites Control Like Buses?

What size XR4 did you try? My experience with super high aspect kites (Apollo, Edge, foil kites) is that the smaller sizes (10 m and less) are quick enough for fast powered loops and crisp transitions. 12 m is borderline slow. Above 12 m, they tend to feel lethargic. I still like to use the larger s...
by FLandOBX
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Packing up a foil kite with wet bar
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Packing up a foil kite with wet bar

Thanks, guys. I'll try it. It'll allow me to wash the bar, too, so good solution. :thumb:
by FLandOBX
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Packing up a foil kite with wet bar
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Packing up a foil kite with wet bar

Okay, foil kite users.....how do you pack up your kite with a wet bar? I follow the procedures in the Flysurfer/Ozone videos and roll my bar in my kite. Problem is, my bar is always wet after a session and, even after I put it into a stuff sack, it gets my kite wet. I can't stand a wet kite. I thoug...
by FLandOBX
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Gear that has exceeded your expectations!
Replies: 33
Views: 2124

Re: Gear that has exceeded your expectations!

To eliminate the boredom, maybe try a totally new angle in the sport, not just new equipment similar to your old stuff. By that, I mean approach the sport differently. If you've never tried hydrofoiling, maybe that's the answer. Or try a buggy or landboard, or plan a snowkiting trip. I have always u...
by FLandOBX
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Lost & Found
Topic: North twintip at Canadian Hole (OBX)
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: North twintip at Canadian Hole (OBX)

I hope the board gets back to its owner. I also hope the owner learns from this experience and puts name and number on the board. :thumb:
by FLandOBX
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to fall correctly?
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: How to fall correctly?

Sergei, I'm not sure the carryover from snowboarding to kiteboarding is going to help much. As said in previous posts, kiteboarding is 90% about the kite, which (of course) is not a factor in snowboarding. Balance on a snowboard depends on counteracting gravity (plus dealing with changes in terrain ...
by FLandOBX
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to fall correctly?
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: How to fall correctly?

I think a beginner should let go of the bar to let the kite depower and fall to the water. As others have said, this reduces the chance of an unwanted kiteloop or deathgrip-full-power. Once a kiter is more experienced with good kite control skills, it's usually preferable to keep both hands on the b...
by FLandOBX
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Help settle a bet
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Help settle a bet

Looping won't wear out your kite sooner, IMHO, but it may wear out your lines sooner (due to friction generated by crossed lines).
by FLandOBX
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The joys of valves leaking
Replies: 18
Views: 1465

Re: The joys of valves leaking

Last week, I repaired 6 leaky valves on my buddy's 2011 Cabrinha Switchblade. He kites about one week per year, and stored the kite in a hot basement. All kites have the leaky valve problem after a while, and the problem is accelerated with hot storage conditions. Sometimes it makes sense to replace...
by FLandOBX
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Why do I need a much bigger board AND bigger kite for a heavier rider?
Replies: 24
Views: 1567

Re: Why do I need a much bigger board AND bigger kite for a heavier rider?

The size of kite and board depends a lot on (1) level of experience and (2) riding style. A beginner needs a larger board than a proficient rider. An airstyle rider needs a larger kite than a wakestyle rider. I think these variables are more important than the weight of the rider.

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