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by Pump me up
Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

Wonder what your advice is to the growing number of kiters with both pump-up and ram air kites?... Thanks for asking. My advice would be: "do yourself a favour and replace your inferior ram airs with inflatables". But don't take my word for it, one of the world’s most respected kite designers and e...
by Pump me up
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

@Pump Me Up - I am impressed with your stamina and perseverance on this topic. You have continued this topic on Kiteforum.com for almost 18 years years now (see https://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5659). Always makes me laugh when I see the topic pop up each year! Thanks Dave! But I'm actuall...
by Pump me up
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

madworld wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:04 am
Ram air kites should be only used with boat support, the lines, bridles, and kites sewing of the kite are fragile and break all the time. You can not self rescue, they create quit a burden on the local rescue services were I kite.
:thumb: +1
by Pump me up
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

Ram airs are only just starting to show you the advantages actually since the invention of the soul. The soul ... BLA BLA BLA lies and exaggerations It's the same old, tired tune. Every year ram lovers make ridiculous claims about how the latest ram air kite will "dominate." Their kites then go on ...
by Pump me up
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

Pumpy, do you think inflatable Aluula LE kites will finally replace foil kites on the snow? How about in racing - will the performance edge of foil kites finally be matched with an Aluula inflatable? Once we get Aluula canopy fabric, do you think Aluula foil kites will come onto the market, removin...
by Pump me up
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 3438

Predictions for Ram Airs in 2021

Well, it's that time of year again. Most of us have limped into 2021 in a world ravaged by the Wuhan virus. Still, it’s better than swimming into 2021 with a wet sleeping bag. PREDICTIONS 1) Ram airs will continue to fail in competitions: e.g. http://www.worldkiteboardingleague.com reveals a dearth ...
by Pump me up
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Light wind kite
Replies: 23
Views: 2238

Re: Light wind kite

Forget pump kites under 14kn. They are too inefficient and won't relaunch etc. 8-10kn is a foil kite kingdom. Please ignore the lies of ram lovers. Ram air ("foil") kites are inferior light wind kites for the following reasons: a) Excessive drag (bridles, lack of internal rigidity, excessive fricti...
by Pump me up
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switching from foil kite to high aspect LEI kite. Worth or not?
Replies: 56
Views: 4646

Re: Switching from foil kite to high aspect LEI kite. Worth or not?

Slow in the turns, inert, heavy bar pressure, gusty conditions becoming fight for survival, and it's always getting hella gusty with winds above 14 knots, plus other kiters don't know how to land it, or start to panic, forgetting my instructions. Self landing is not always a good option where I usu...
by Pump me up
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switching from foil kite to high aspect LEI kite. Worth or not?
Replies: 56
Views: 4646

Re: Switching from foil kite to high aspect LEI kite. Worth or not?

Many people have alluded to the problems associated with RAM AIR COLLAPSE. I've expanded on these problems below: RIGIDITY, STABILITY, BRIDLE STRETCHING, & FOIL SHAPE The semi-rigidity of inflatables improves consistency, stability, turning, handling, and aerodynamic profile. Ram airs are soft and f...
by Pump me up
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ram Airs Crash in 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Ram Airs Crash in 2020

Well, hasn’t 2020 been a *shocker*: COVID-19, loss of civility in political and public discourse, economic recession, Chinese Communist Party aggression, riots, environmental degradation, Islamic terrorism, and bushfires. BUT … above and beyond all of these issues, what has *REALLY* pissed-me-off du...

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