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by Don Monnot
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: go-joe
Replies: 43
Views: 4581

Re: go-joe

I used a Go-Joe for years when my board had gray fins and was the same color as the water. You couldn't see it from 15 yards away in the chop. New board has much brighter colors, and the Go-Joe has been shelved. Body dragging upwind for me was not the issue. Being able to see the board from a distan...
by Don Monnot
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is your favourite wind speed?
Replies: 27
Views: 2677

Re: What is your favourite wind speed?

I'm part of the "under 30" crowd (wind, that is. I more than double that in age). Over 30 tends to get pretty gusty around here, although a SSE at 35 brings some nice waves to a lot of our side of Lake Michigan, and it's usually not too gusty to play with. I've got my light wind weapons, but prefer ...
by Don Monnot
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflating Kite With Helium?
Replies: 17
Views: 2351

Re: Inflating Kite With Helium?

I did a quick volume/buoyancy calc, and the best I think you'd get would be a few pounds of buoyancy--not close to neutral. It would probably be more like one or two pounds of buoyancy, so barely noticeable. it's a fun concept to think about, but not gonna work too well.

Don
by Don Monnot
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Introducing Kite Insta-Flator - The World's First fully automatic kite inflation system!
Replies: 15
Views: 2464

Re: Introducing Kite Insta-Flator - The World's First fully automatic kite inflation system!

Hilarious. I'm curious how they managed to hide the actual inflation mechanism when the kite inflated. Great bit of "video magic". Love the comment about "when it's windy, you'll want to anchor your kite before inflating!"

Don
by Don Monnot
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foot Hooker Footstraps - The next generation in footstrap technology
Replies: 59
Views: 8345

Re: Foot Hooker Footstraps - The next generation in footstrap technology

I'm not a foiler (yet), but looking at them I had the same thought about using them on a TT. Anybody tried it? Pros? Cons?

Don
by Don Monnot
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite too Fast
Replies: 36
Views: 4466

Re: Kite too Fast

Some advice I got seems to work pretty well (thanks Toyletbowl). I usually fly big kites, so when the wind really cranked and I had to use a little kite, I hesitated to even go out. Big gusty wind meant no fun. What was suggested was that I ride faster and get used to the speed. By riding faster it ...
by Don Monnot
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting under Northern lights
Replies: 6
Views: 1182

Re: Kiting under Northern lights

Wow. Just spectacular. Nice bright headlamps, too. That helps keep the people in view very nicely without washing out the background.
by Don Monnot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How long do you float around in the ocean before packing down?
Replies: 15
Views: 2007

Re: How long do you float around in the ocean before packing down?

Several years back I was anxious to get back on the water, and kited in Lake Michigan by myself in marginal wind. I managed to ride for a few minutes before I hit a lull and the kite came down. The water temp was probably 40 F, but I was wearing a drysuit, hood, thick booties, mittens, and it was su...
by Don Monnot
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tip: Be Safe in Gusty Conditions
Replies: 12
Views: 1289

Re: Tip: Be Safe in Gusty Conditions

If I didn't kite in gusty conditions, I wouldn't kite at all. It takes more skill, a more conservative attitude, and different technique to kite in conditions that often range 10 - 25 mph within a second, where the direction of the gust is different than the lull. 1. Don't fly the kite close to the ...
by Don Monnot
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflating Liquid Force 1st Gen Maxflow valve?
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Inflating Liquid Force 1st Gen Maxflow valve?

I'm guessing you need a Max Flow adapter for your current pump setup. You might want to get a second adapter as a backup in case you ever lose/break your primary. You really can't pump the kite properly without the adapter. Yup--I know. It sucks that it's not a standard system, but the big valve doe...

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