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by RadDrDuke
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to self launch a kite
Replies: 33
Views: 3114

Re: How to self launch a kite

I almost always self-launch. Big empty beach. Slide launch, pulling rear line until kite catches and rotates onto side for launch. Works great but does put some wear on kite from sliding on the sand ~10 feet or so each time. Landing I pull safety on Airush (flag out front line) and the kite just sit...
by RadDrDuke
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Camrig Gen4 for GoPro Hero-6
Replies: 28
Views: 2618

Re: Camrig Gen4 for GoPro Hero-6

Definitely worth it. Do not get Camrig, get U.go. I have both. Camrig gets caught and is actually a terrible safety hazard and should be taken off the market before someone gets looped into a pile of rocks. U.Go does not get caught. Just had a long session the other day and was intentionally putting...
by RadDrDuke
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Northeast US (CT) - Winter Wetsuit Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: Northeast US (CT) - Winter Wetsuit Recommendations

Just buy the highest end wetsuit with hood combo from one of the big manufacturers (Oneill, ripcurl, Xcel, etc.), super thick booties, super thick gloves, and a lifejacket. Then only kite in safe onshore/sideonshore conditions. You will have a great winter with lots of warm sessions. I have ripcurl ...
by RadDrDuke
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: South Padre Island foiling
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: South Padre Island foiling

definitely can foil the sound there but you will want the short mast. Can easily foil the oceanside and the waves actually get decent when it blows >20knots. I have done many downwinders there, it's an awesome place
by RadDrDuke
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Camrig Gen4 for GoPro Hero-6
Replies: 28
Views: 2618

Re: Camrig Gen4 for GoPro Hero-6

I just got the UGo as well, seems very high quality (unlike the ironically named "Beastmount") and no hooks for steering lines to grab on (like the CamRig deathtrap). Customer service is excellent as well.
by RadDrDuke
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Great Kills kite surfer found dead along New Jersey coastline
Replies: 11
Views: 2167

Re: Great Kills kite surfer found dead along New Jersey coastline

It was gusting offshore winds solid 40 in central NJ last weekend. I went surfing, waves were 5-7 foot and perfect clean barrels, much better day to paddle surf than kite in crazy gusty winds
by RadDrDuke
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Three strut Hybrid C kites for foiling?
Replies: 16
Views: 2200

Re: Three strut Hybrid C kites for foiling?

Any kite basically works fine if you don't drop it. I used to ride an old 12m airush varial x down to 8knots foiling regularly. We have a super reliable wind meter and that was my cutoff (and still is), lulls over 8knots and I'm foiling! The problem is that you have to be really careful flying regul...
by RadDrDuke
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Cloud vs Reo.
Replies: 43
Views: 5038

Re: Cloud vs Reo.

Never ridden a cloud but I've ridden lots of wave kites and Reos are probably the best around. If you have good winds you should just buy Reos and be happy, once the wind is above 15knots this sport isn't rocket science, you could ride an old Waroo and have a great time I ride airush ultra which fit...
by RadDrDuke
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover
Replies: 186
Views: 55333

Re: Airush Ultra: one strut kite that meets expectations of a ram air lover

Thanks Mike. I have 145 lightwind Crazyfly TT but mostly ride surfboards in the 5'8 size fairly wide with smaller kites 185 lbs. The 14 can be a bit much in the surf sometimes. The idea here is to replace the older 14 with something newer for those marginal days when I just want to get out and ride...
by RadDrDuke
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach

I have ridden in many tropical storms, it is generally good wind day before and after. Just be prepared to drop your kite on a dime and leave when the rain/lightning/wind arrives. If known lightning it's not worth it at all, don't want to become dead Ben Franklin flying kite in a lightning storm

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