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by sflinux
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kitesurf wave bridle setup
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: kitesurf wave bridle setup

The bridle geometry looks reasonable to me. Check out BRM kites as Greg has the bridles pretty dialed. When making the kite, add several attachments adjacent attachments for fine tuning/experimenting. For a prototype, I would suggest either a) putting pulleys on the bridles where there is a V (i.e. ...
by sflinux
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Adjustable size bars
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Adjustable size bars

Two bars in one. A 20" bar is too big for a small kite (i.e. 8M), where a 17" bar is too small for a big kite (i.e. 17M).
by sflinux
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: what are the chances to learn kitesurfing with slingshot fuel kites?
Replies: 35
Views: 1194

Re: what are the chances to learn kitesurfing with slingshot fuel kites?

C-kites are fine as long as you understand them. The power is always on, with more power generated by input to the bar (always be mindful of what input you are giving to the bar. Sheeting out, only slows the input to the kite. I ride c-kites and rig them for the gusts. You have a 10M RPM, I would st...
by sflinux
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The fight against smelly gear
Replies: 36
Views: 1329

Re: The fight against smelly gear

Always hang your gear, never leave in a bin. When it is cold and rainy, my gear stays damp and can get smelly. My main smell comes from booties. I rinse them with fresh water, and when they start to smell (~once a month), rinse them with vinegar. I fold the booties at the ankle, and hang from the to...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mako 150 fins setup
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Mako 150 fins setup

Leave the board alone (single fin bi-directional). Ride another board when underpowered, or rig a bigger kite. The mako likes to ride powered, likes fast medium to high aspect ratio kites. Learn to use the rail of the board, and not rely on the fins.
by sflinux
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Hand numbness while winging
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Hand numbness while winging

Perhaps the handle is too small. If you have an old wetsuit, you could sew a loop of neoprene around the handle for additional padding. Or add some pipe insulation around the handle, then wrap with tape. The bigger diameter/larger surface area, should be easier on your knuckles.
by sflinux
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: my foil board is angled up while foiling,,,i'm new at this
Replies: 12
Views: 1358

Re: my foil board is angled up while foiling,,,i'm new at this

Remove your rear foot strap. After you pop up, try sliding your rear foot forward. My recommendation is to rig a smaller kite, if you are fighting the kite, you will be weighing your back foot to slow down. As you get more experienced you will learn to park your kite and outrun it with your foil to ...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ram air first session damage
Replies: 35
Views: 2827

Re: Ram air first session damage

I had to fix a foil that got damaged when the chicken loop line broke, followed by the leash, which let the kite drift into the surf, and got hit by waves on the wave in. Luckily yours is only 1 cell, mine was at least 4 (with rib damage too). You will need a seam ripper. Rinse and dry the kite. Ope...
by sflinux
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Your minimum wind for good waveriding?
Replies: 20
Views: 1185

Re: Your minimum wind for good waveriding?

As you are aware, the low end has to do with the power of the wave, making you overtake the speed the kite can go in light winds, making the kite fall from the sky. I wonder if instead of using a kite, but using a large wing, would get get you out wave riding in down to 7 k. Gong has a 9M Super Powe...
by sflinux
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite maintenance - tropical climate
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: Kite maintenance - tropical climate

Thanks for the glue recommendations. For canopy uv protection, I use a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. I spray, then roll the kite. My favorite 2005 kites still look brand new. When using sail tape, I find it welds better if you rest a folded piece of paper over the tape, then apply a cloth...

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