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by sarc
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety issue of connecting kite leash to the back or side of Harness
Replies: 27
Views: 999

Re: Safety issue of connecting kite leash to the back or side of Harness

30cm leash attached to side of spreader bar you cannot stretch your arms fully when unhooked; you would need something longer (maybe 50cm?) To prevent longer leash snagging around chicken loop (means you cannot even release QR!) or snagging around your bar ends, make it very stiff by sleeving it thr...
by sarc
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety issue of connecting kite leash to the back or side of Harness
Replies: 27
Views: 999

Re: Safety issue of connecting kite leash to the back or side of Harness

Great post - thank you OP!! I've been dragged in waves many times and there's no hope of releasing the safety leash when dragged backwards. It's just not going to happen. With leash in front you have a fighting chance of releasing. It's critical to have a short freeride leash when using the front co...
by sarc
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Speed of kitesurfing vs. windsurfing
Replies: 60
Views: 2213

Re: Speed of kitesurfing vs. windsurfing

I go as fast as my windsurfing friends but can point a few degrees higher upwind (however, broad reach/downwind they will probably be better than me)
by sarc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Depower Line Wear
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Re: Depower Line Wear

Both tropical surf wax and candle wax hold up OK in very hot tropical conditions (35 C). No experience with bows Wouldn't sand be a concern? Especially on a coarse braid like this one? Sand not a significant concern for me, rope picks up a few grains but not much more than it would without wax (the...
by sarc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Depower Line Wear
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Re: Depower Line Wear

Both tropical surf wax and candle wax hold up OK in very hot tropical conditions (35 C). No experience with bows
by sarc
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Depower Line Wear
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Re: Depower Line Wear

You can rub surf wax (hard-tropical type) or even normal candle wax on the line to make it last much longer if you want
by sarc
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 337
Views: 153235

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

I found that Gorilla tape (the black one) sticks extremely well to my kite leading edge (Dacron). I used it to cover some minor (aesthetic) scuffs and to add some extra protection from beach coral etc. It also stuck very well to my harness where I had some small rips and scuffs. I clean and dry very...
by sarc
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 304 or 316 SS Hook knife
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: 304 or 316 SS Hook knife

Anyone has experience buying a cheap-ass knife with the standard box cutter blades, throwing them out and replacing with ceramic blades? May work out cheap and never rust....
by sarc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Q-power line
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: Q-power line

Fisherman's knot is an excellent way to join 2 lines even 1.2mm spectra. It has less weakening than most other knots. And it does not jam under load.
by sarc
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Q-power line
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: Q-power line

Foil those look like granny (square)knots on the q-power? They make the line MUCH weaker than using figure of 8. I tested years back (no scale, just a 8x pulley and me pulling) and I could easily tell that granny knot q-power broke at much lower tension that figure of 8.

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