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by alpaia
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha fireball dangling security line
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: Cabrinha fireball dangling security line

If you are attempting to make a custom bungee safety line make sure it does slide freely when releasing.
The thicker section with bungee can bundle up and block in the QR center hole and jam the whole thing - serious hazard. :o
by alpaia
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 920
Views: 171547

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

Hi Valbocustom can you say more ?
Working on a new version of your skull shackle QR ?
by alpaia
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Single strut kite questions...
Replies: 16
Views: 1340

Re: Single strut kite questions...

I agree single struts are designed to fly well in low end not to handle high winds / heavy loading, they don't keep their shape and flutter then. Single strut kites have made tremendous progress in the high end since they came out, but they are meant for the low end - not for overpowered TT sessions...
by alpaia
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Yet another backline trim solution
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Yet another backline trim solution

Nice simple one, true with long depower throw you need to adjust backlines only for ergonomics not immediate safety. I tried someting similar but it kept slipping when I was manipulating the bar (no load) Did you make several trials to find the right dyneema weave, diameter & bury length or just the...
by alpaia
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hunt for "MY" ultimate kite surfboard
Replies: 10
Views: 908

Re: Hunt for "MY" ultimate kite surfboard

Why not ask a shaper ? the way retail prices are going custom boards are to be considered again. I am suggesting because it sounds like you know exactly the feeling you like, with reference to your golden Skillit. And yes you have tried other boards following the trend but keep coming back to this o...
by alpaia
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 418
Views: 42787

Re: Pocket board building

Thanks, your technique is really interesting and should logically be beneficial as you state - cross grain on skins like plywood so harder to puncture or split -I/H beam effect of structure with hollow center : better stiffness to weight ratio & buoyancy It sounds even better than the hollow wooden ...
by alpaia
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 418
Views: 42787

Re: Pocket board building

Hello, lovely board & original building technique, congratulations :thumb: Did you consider building a thin surfboard this way also ? Looks light & strong, and has no foam core (I build mine with wood skin over xps foam, not so green in the end) Your way of laminating thin layers of wood in shape on...
by alpaia
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Race Bar Lines
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Race Bar Lines

Hi, not a pro like evan and co but I refurbished two bars for my own usage, 1.5mm should be stronger, I found cousin (france) line by meter that is 390 daN for 1.5mm, was not too expensive. Also consider ease to splice, and durability of coating and stiffness / ease to untangle. Not a racer, more re...
by alpaia
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Reviews, Experiences of GongKite Bar and Lines.
Replies: 19
Views: 1430

Re: Reviews, Experiences of GongKite Bar and Lines.

True enough the swivel (V2 alloy) was not spinning freely. Had to pull a bit on the depower rope to reduce tension while turning it. :thumb: The larger center hole to ensure clearance for the safety line means larger diameter surfaces in contact btw swivel & body, hence more friction. can't have it ...
by alpaia
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Reviews, Experiences of GongKite Bar and Lines.
Replies: 19
Views: 1430

Re: Reviews, Experiences of GongKite Bar and Lines.

As others mentioned the QR is from kiteatitude, this brand sells bars direct so why not by from them ?
They have all the spare parts, easy to replace, sturdy, same kind of genuine stiff dyneema lines.
I had one I was happy with it

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