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by BWD
Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: whats the Kiteboarding demographic?
Replies: 81
Views: 6871

again sometimes I think it's how many years the salt water has had to work its way into the brain. :wink: Another thing is to kite, one needs must use the brain, salty or not. I think in the US the mental energy of kids who like to think is often directed other places: social life, competitive sport...
by BWD
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: whats the Kiteboarding demographic?
Replies: 81
Views: 6871

Mainly the cost of a quiver I fear. Or perhaps the kids have more sense! Or, could be the cumulative amount of salt water on the brain takes an extra decade to build up to the point of making one take up kiting. It is funny no matter how many aliens, satanic faces and flames they put on the gear, ki...
by BWD
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fantastic Batwing 12…First flight
Replies: 104
Views: 18693

well, late getting back to this thread -kiting all weekend. Happy to try any kite anyone wants to send me. Curious to see more video of batwing, and of the eclipse kites too. Or any of the latest designs. But flying would be even better! @WW guys sorry could not make it down to Hatteras this spring....
by BWD
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New kite Design videos wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 467

New kite Design videos wanted

In light of all the interesting new designs coming out, going in several different directions, accompanied by the usual pimping and colorful adverts, leaked "secret documents," rumors, etc., I think it's a good time to appeal to early testers/buyers for some video that would help in understanding th...
by BWD
Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fantastic Batwing 12…First flight
Replies: 104
Views: 18693

t222: :wink:

@adenoidally driven:
who does ride"super lit up" in light wind?
This is a grown man in the picture.
Nobody over 50kg gets "super lit" in those conditions.
?point? none.
by BWD
Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fly Reel Leash
Replies: 31
Views: 6776

c craig is that thing hard to get used to?
For lack of one I missed a board for a week until a good samaritan returned it, but I wonder if using the "go joe" would be an aggravation? Did it take much getting used to?
Might have to rig up one myself.....
by BWD
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hansen MS Monostrut Hybrid
Replies: 242
Views: 54184

Looks delta-like. Delta plan is usually good for stability and handling AOA variation well. With that plan and scalloped TE, its flutter should be under control. Looks like it has TE battens too.... Wonder how turning will be with tiny tips but centralized area.... not necessarily bad... interesting...
by BWD
Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: helix vs cult
Replies: 21
Views: 4013

the canopy must be arc shaped, Apparently not. Years ago kiting seemed all about innovation and new ways to fly. Convention seems to set in rather quickly. Look outside your conventions/assumptions. At least some designers still do! Lots of wings work, arc/anhedral v. dihedral is a little piece of ...
by BWD
Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Vision test
Replies: 65
Views: 9732

I guess you will have to subpoena the design files.
by BWD
Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New Naish Helix Pics...
Replies: 394
Views: 123536

I wouldn't say autozenith would be the only advantage. It might be a starting point from which other things could develop though. If you get a stable enough planform, centralize the pull, maybe rig lines as below. My personal grail is a delta shaped wing shaped more or less like a kitewing but with ...

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