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by iriejohn
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 39
Views: 2717

Re: Casualty in Sicily

It's a male machismo thing, nobody wants to appear to be "chicken". If I have someone to launch my kite at the upper end of its wind range I'll often ask them to hang on for a minute in case I decide not to go. I kite in the UK Solent where squalls can suddenly develop and if I see one coming I get ...
by iriejohn
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 34
Views: 1599

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

Yuvallahav wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:23 pm
Sounds good?
If the 11m has a good low end, yes.
by iriejohn
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 34
Views: 1599

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

You need a 12m kite which works with a low V bar, and reasonably strong because you *will* crash it. 4 line kite that has equal length lines (because that's pretty much the standard now). A 2016 or later Slingshot Rally or Airush Lithium for example - 3 struts is good. Avoid specialised kites, you n...
by iriejohn
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...

BillyGoatGruff wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:24 pm
I'm heading to Saunton Sands :-)
If you're there on Sunday and this forecast turns out to be accurate ... good luck! :wink:
by iriejohn
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...

Weird, beeb currently showing 17mph for Camber on Sunday. Different story with windguru though! Looks like it will be the 12m again... :) The beeb luvvies are still at the Brighton love-in. :wink: Have a look at XC Weather which I generally find to be the most reliable UK south coast forecaster. Fo...
by iriejohn
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Hmmm, this Sunday should be 'interesting' ...

Sustained 47+ knots (Strong Gale 9 to Storm 10) gusting 63+ knots (Violent Storm 11 to Hurricane 12).

Should I go out on my 6m or should I stay at home with my wife and make the next year's supply of tomato chilli pesto?

Decisions decisions. :lol:
by iriejohn
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2019 Naish Apex pads
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: 2019 Naish Apex pads

I have UK 10.5-11 = US 11-11.5 size feet and I couldn't get my feet into them wearing booties.
by iriejohn
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner kite: Core XR5 or Naish Pivot
Replies: 54
Views: 3140

Re: Beginner kite- Core XR5 or Naish Pivot

Get a cheap tough as nails kite that has a chance of surviving the abuse you will give it. Like a Slingshot Rally, plenty of nearly new or even new around at silly prices. 2016 & 2017 & 2018 are very little different.
by iriejohn
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Gear advice - tyranny of choice
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: Gear advice - tyranny of choice

I'm 81kg. I have had a Shinn Monk (135x42) and a North (Duotone) Select (138x41). I preferred the Monk to the North Select because I found it handled chop better and was (surprisingly) quicker than the Select when you wound it up. Smaller board by definition will deal better with chop and will be q...
by iriejohn
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Gear advice - tyranny of choice
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: Gear advice - tyranny of choice

I'm 81kg. I have had a Shinn Monk (135x42) and a North (Duotone) Select (138x41). I preferred the Monk to the North Select because I found it handled chop better and was (surprisingly) quicker than the Select when you wound it up. I now have a Lieuwe Shotgun (136x40.5) which handles chop at least as...

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