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by tmcfarla
Tue May 26, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Care and feeding of your kite
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Care and feeding of your kite

Sunlight and fluttering kill kites fastest. In terms of storage, just don't try to really compact them, compact them down when they are on a plane, and give them some space the rest of the time. I roll my kites, but I don't think rolling or folding matters, as long as they don't sit shoved into a ti...
by tmcfarla
Thu May 14, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Does a 4 line kite work with any 4 line bar?
Replies: 15
Views: 577

Re: Does a 4 line kite work with any 4 line bar?

Some older bars release to two lines instead of 1 center line. Kites that are not designed for this (most modern kites) cannot be safely released to two lines. I can't remember when F-one switched to single line release, but your 2013 bar might not have this, in which case, don't use with a modern k...
by tmcfarla
Tue May 12, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil board: Fone Ts51 vs Fone pocket vs LF galaxy
Replies: 20
Views: 769

Re: Foil board: Fone Ts51 vs Fone pocket vs LF galaxy

I haven’t used any of those boards, but I think if you are beginning to gybe, you are probably ready for a pocket board. You will find surface transitions a bit harder, but it is nice to ride a smaller board, and it is really nice if you can fit your whole assembly in the car without taking it apart...
by tmcfarla
Fri May 08, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Are Carbon Bars worth the extra price?
Replies: 72
Views: 3167

Re: Are Carbon Bars worth the extra price?

If you are using a simple round bar (which essentially all kite bars are), aluminum is nearly as light as carbon, and none of carbon's other advantages really come into play for a kite bar, so I think aluminum or other metal is more practical. The kite industry doesn't have a bunch of third party te...
by tmcfarla
Thu May 07, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: High volume pocket board?
Replies: 9
Views: 514

Re: High volume pocket board?

Thanks for replies everyone, sounds like giant board isn’t the way to go. Lots of other good options though.
by tmcfarla
Wed May 06, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: High volume pocket board?
Replies: 9
Views: 514

High volume pocket board?

I’m thinking of building a high-volume pocket board for foiling in light wind, when I risk long swims. Anyone have experience with how much volume is needed to be able to easily prone paddle a board? My current foiling board is 42x105x2.5, or about 12 liters. It is great for kiting, but not much fun...
by tmcfarla
Sun May 03, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Good seat harness for narrow waist?
Replies: 14
Views: 608

Re: Good seat harness for narrow waist?

Good move, waist harnesses are inferior but do look cool....lol I would look into board short harnesses, basically a seat harness that looks cool...I find the Dakines run on the small tight side. I am also a big fan of boardshort harness, and have been using them for years. However, if riding overp...
by tmcfarla
Sat May 02, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Question pump
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: Question pump

Sure, I guess that worst- worst come to worst you lose a pump. However- be aware that one day you will not be able to kite back to the pontoon- the wind will die, or a line will break, or a bladder will lose air, or something. Make sure you have a plan in place for that day- can you safely get to la...
by tmcfarla
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 276
Views: 24839

Re: Pocket board building

calling all vacuum bag surfboard building ninjas - layup process question: Suppose you want to build a quick prototype of a XPS foam core board because that's the material you have laying around right this moment. If the layup suggestion is 3 x 6oz glass top and bottom (has a stringer) as it was a ...
by tmcfarla
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Trying to pick the right quiver for foiling
Replies: 24
Views: 1394

Re: Trying to pick the right quiver for foiling

You say 8-11 knots. I think 8 knots is going to be tricky no matter what, while 11 knots should be very doable. I have settled on 3 strut surf kites because I like the way the fly more, and because I still use a surfboard occasionally. I also have a one strut Naish and a cloud kite, but they don’t s...

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