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by sflinux
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stomach muscles
Replies: 23
Views: 1335

Re: Stomach muscles

Wear an impact vest under your harness. Cross Train more. Check out Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman. Standup Paddle Surfing is great exercise for the core muscles, and complements kitesurfing perfectly (no more getting skunked).
by sflinux
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What makes a good strapless kite
Replies: 15
Views: 630

Re: What makes a good strapless kite

Generally, I use one kite size smaller when going from a twintip to a directional (i.e. 15M TT to 12M surfboard). If I use a hydrofoil, I generally use one kite size smaller than my surfboard (or 2 kite sizes smaller than a tt) (i.e. 9M hydrofoil, 12M surfboard, 15M tt). If I use a SUP (i.e. low tid...
by sflinux
Wed May 29, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kites available in sizes smaller than 4m?
Replies: 48
Views: 1872

Re: Kites available in sizes smaller than 4m?

I would advise against getting a 3M Neo, too close in size to your 4M. I would also advise against a 3.7M Cloud, too close in size to your 4M. If choosing between the Cloud 2.8 and 2.2, I would probably lean towards the Cloud 2.2. If there any gap between your 4M Neo and a Cloud 2.2, you could fill ...
by sflinux
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Why is everyone hating on old kites ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3305

Re: Why is everyone hating on old kites ?

Old kites are fine, I still actively fly 2004 and newer, hard to find good 4 line c-kites these days. Right around 2005 is where c-kites were refined. There were a lot of bad pre-2003 kites, but there were some gems too. I would say flying 2005 or newer kites with new bars is fine (that is what I do...
by sflinux
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Small Kites who is making them?
Replies: 41
Views: 4625

Re: Small Kites who is making them?

Ozone Uno 2.5M: A little cheaper than the Switch Element 3M.
Not sure if Wainman Hawaii is still making the 2.5M Wainman Rabbit RSE (Rabbit School Edition).
by sflinux
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Lets discuss ear protection
Replies: 26
Views: 2851

Re: Lets discuss ear protection

This is the best product I've ever used for ear protection, which I highly recommend: https://www.aquagear.com/barracuda-ear-plugs/ http://www.tyr.com/shop/silicone-molded-ear-plugs.html You can still hear everything fine, it is just when you wipeout, the oversized cap prevents the insert from going...
by sflinux
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: How do I get traction on the surface of my Alaia?
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: How do I get traction on the surface of my Alaia?

If you are kiting your alaia, then glassing was a good move. If just surfing the alaia, glassing is not necessary. For my unglassed alaias, I would just seal them with tung oil (or linseed oil if unavailable). Leave the top surface with a rough sand. I would usually oil the board before sessions wit...
by sflinux
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The next big advancement in bars
Replies: 14
Views: 5937

Re: The next big advancement in bars

Or you can just use a pulleybar. :thumb: Early kite bars had the depowerloopline go on the outside of the bar. I believe most people prefer the "feel" of a line going through the bar as it is less obtrusive. Some Peter Lynn flyers did not have the depowerloopline attached to the bar at all, called t...
by sflinux
Mon May 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Build Your Own Bridle Lines
Replies: 8
Views: 5429

Re: Build Your Own Bridle Lines

I agree with Jake to replace bridles in pairs. I don't prestretch bridle line, but measure them under load. I like to stitch one side and do a zacher knot (adjustable) on the other end. I agree that bridle lines shrink over time. Using a zacher knot gives some adjustment. https://ericedttaylor.wordp...
by sflinux
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?
Replies: 42
Views: 9252

Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Post 2001 kites last quite long. My most used old kite is a 7M 2004 SS Fuel (I love c-kites). Also have a 2002 flysurver psycho1 that I use for light winds. My average kite is probably 2008. Most 2005 kites were just so good, I never saw the need to go newer, especially since c-kites were no longer ...

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