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by lovethepirk
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Anyone working on frontrolls?
Replies: 3
Views: 480

Anyone working on frontrolls?

I started working on frontrolls again this evening decently powered on the 12m...failed 20 times and almost did my first frontroll kiteloops lol...I have loose straps, but I don't think that is my issue and I don't want a crutch. I can land frontrolls in all shapes and forms all day long on a twinti...
by lovethepirk
Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Helium 3
Replies: 12
Views: 2474

Re: Switch Helium 3

Great review, any updates on this lovethepirk? Did you solve the lean issue, how about TT riding? Thanks! alford, I sent the kite back to Switch due to lean to the left when hydrofoiling and more importantly jumping right foot forward. I have a race foil and ride fast and jump alot tho. I'm probabl...
by lovethepirk
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: PEI - A Kiteboarding Discovery Film from Cabrinha
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: PEI - A Kiteboarding Discovery Film from Cabrinha

Cool! At least they included a guy mowing the lawn literally for all us amateurs :) I'm still trying to just air tack on my hydrofoil after over a year. :o
by lovethepirk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How good do you have to be to foil?
Replies: 18
Views: 1877

Re: How good do you have to be to foil?

If your kite control is good, then you should be able to go for it. I would however recommend doing it with an instructor who knows what he is doing and has the right equipment (short mast, no volume board etc) to allow someone with your lack of directional experience to learn safely and successful...
by lovethepirk
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing kite lines for beginners
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Splicing kite lines for beginners

Can you make the Brummel splice with a guitar chord instead of the fid? Yes. You don't need a fid. You will want a pen/pencil/something similar, preferably with a sharp but rounded end to nicely slide thru the dyneema so each side has roughly equal strands. Obviously a pencil is not working with a ...
by lovethepirk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Most Important Skill To Develop For the Entry & Future Kite Foiler
Replies: 11
Views: 1964

Re: The Most Important Skill To Develop For the Entry & Future Kite Foiler

I tell this to every person learning to foil. It's NOT front foot pressure you need. It's front hip pressure. Stand upright with a wide stance and put your hip on the edge of a couch. Now push the couch using only that hip. That's the forward hip pressure and posture you will need to feel when learn...
by lovethepirk
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Helium 3
Replies: 12
Views: 2474

Re: Switch Helium 3

I just got my Switch Helium V3 16m last week and rode it for the first time tonight on the race hydrofoil(580sq cm front wing) in 8-11mph wind. I'm 210lbs and my hydro doesn't get going until you have forward speed, period. Once up it's game on thou! A few experienced hydro guys even have trouble wi...
by lovethepirk
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone else dodging "flying fish"?
Replies: 12
Views: 1357

Re: Anyone else dodging "flying fish"?

How about "dead fish"? :o In May I was on my last few tacks at our local launch lit up on a 15m having a blast and I felt something hit my calf. Looked down and saw blood everywhere. Immediately came in and I had a 2 inch deep wound and went straight to the hospital a few blocks over from our launch...
by lovethepirk
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Element/Nitro Confusion on Bigger Air Kite
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Switch Element/Nitro Confusion on Bigger Air Kite

Started twin tipping again today. Really strong wind with lulls at 18mph and gusts up to 22mph. :lol: My 2013 12m switchblade is slower than hell for some reason. Holds air and still jumps nice, landing loops are challenging to get her a full loop and I just got smoked doing some hand drags today. S...
by lovethepirk
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: My Beginner Journal
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: My Beginner Journal

Couple things...there's tons to learn so ask questions. Pay close attention to the weather and wind speed. If you have a consistent 15mph wind that is ideal, flying the kite like you did in 10-12mph is fine too, you won't be riding in that wind but you can body drag and learn the ins and outs of kee...

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