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by TheRussian
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Old/Ancient gear - what is it good for?
Replies: 17
Views: 882

Re: Old/Ancient gear - what is it good for?

I used my Naish Flash 4'10 the other day and was blown away by how fast it is - so much faster than anything else short of my Aguera Kite Slalom Board. A great board, fast for boosting and still loose enough for waves. V tempted to get a carbon custom replica made !
by TheRussian
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Essaouira with the Mrs
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Essaouira with the Mrs

Moulay is awesome - but be on your A game, as the waves can be well over head high & very punchy - be very careful atlow tide, as there is a very large bolder that gets exposed & terrified me on a bottom turn. Sidi Kaoke to the South of Essaouira is my favourite spot, it works as a point to beach br...
by TheRussian
Mon May 13, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Ruben Lenten - My most painful kiteboarding accident (broke my leg)
Replies: 136
Views: 5105

Re: Ruben Lenten - My most painful kiteboarding accident (broke my leg)

I did a comparison between the current Contact V4 QR (a brand new/unused bar) with the previous QR and the new version requires far less force to open the QR - to the point that the older design requires definite effort to open, whereas the new QR opens without any effort at all. Someone mentioned t...
by TheRussian
Tue May 07, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Ruben Lenten - My most painful kiteboarding accident (broke my leg)
Replies: 136
Views: 5105

Re: Ruben Lenten - My most painful kiteboarding accident (broke my leg)

Would be interested to see if there is a sensible way to prevent an involuntary release with the "new" ozone QR - RL's crash & injury look awful. It is admirable that he has suggested the accident was his fault, but for me having watched the video, I would have hoped the system would have required m...
by TheRussian
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Saunton Beach death
Replies: 49
Views: 8143

Re: Saunton Beach death

RIP.... thoughts & prayers to family & friends. As noted, wait for the coroner's report.... but even then, it is unlikely the full details will ever be established. On high wind days, check prevailing & forecast conditions at your spot & surrounding upwind spots, gusts, water temp/conditions, triple...
by TheRussian
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Accident at Kite Beach, Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Replies: 32
Views: 4392

Re: Accident at Kite Beach, Bloubergstrand, South Africa

Each to their own re wetsuits - when I went (a loong time ago) a 3/2 shorty was toasty. As for accidents, as noted before, newbies to the beaches be careful as the intensity/density of the wind is incredible - a mate's brother is an orthopaedic surgeon and is kept very busy with an operating theater...
by TheRussian
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to self launch a kite
Replies: 62
Views: 7525

Re: How to self launch a kite

As you say, nice video & I'm sure that is fine for hydro-foiling (i.e. lighter winds), but for me 12m means 20-25knots and a kite held with a tiny sand bag would disappear off down wind
by TheRussian
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any news from Woo HQ ?
Replies: 42
Views: 6171

Re: Any news from Woo HQ ?

I saw this and thought I would share my experience, as I had a weird thing going on with my stats going off all the WOO leader-boards. I emailed WOO and had very prompt responses & given the advice to simply delete the WOO app & reinstall (DOH should have though of this!). Problem solved & all worki...
by TheRussian
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 87
Views: 9693

Re: Casualty in Sicily

RIP to the rider/friends & family From the location footage showing the clouds, this should have triggered everyone to stop any launches, with all kiters coming in & getting their kites down asap. With experience, strong gradient winds are fine, but squall activity is dangerous - if you are in doubt...
by TheRussian
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Barbados in November ?!
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Barbados in November ?!

I've been in November three times - kited or surfed every day at Silver Sands & up the E Coast - had a couple of mornings with rain & went fishing.

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