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by foam-n-fibre
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should I go for foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 863

Re: Should I go for foil?

Almost every kiter has found themselves in the same situation, where they want to be able to get out riding in lighter winds. Some might argue that foils are better, and that they have a bad reputation for no reason. You would think that if they're that much better without drawbacks then they could ...
by foam-n-fibre
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foot Hooks
Replies: 25
Views: 1549

Re: Foot Hooks

Plummet is right, you want to be able to get away from it sometimes and getting back into the binding would be hard, and have to be done after you fell on every transition for quite a while. Do you ride a surfboard at all or just a twin tip? If you don't ride a surfboard I would suggest you work out...
by foam-n-fibre
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Newb 1st time B2 practice
Replies: 24
Views: 895

Re: Newb 1st time B2 practice

If it is a typical 2 line foil kite then the safety release will not be the same as on an LEI. The kite does not flag, it stays half powered and looping, at least the ones I flew previously. So don;t try to set up a safety release on this, it will not really be the same as an LEI. I would be surpris...
by foam-n-fibre
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Gorge. Shut down or not in Aug
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: The Gorge. Shut down or not in Aug

August may not be as good as July on average but you could easily hit a solid week of wind. Don't give up on it, but watch the forecast. As others said a huge heat wave in Portland can be a problem. The best source for a forecast is this
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best boosting light wind kite
Replies: 18
Views: 1515

Re: Best boosting light wind kite

I have a 10m OR Flite from 2017 that I got for foiling. I have used it a couple times non-foiling, once on snow with a snowboard and once with a twintip and have found it boosts way higher than I expected. It's definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on one.

by foam-n-fibre
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Old/Ancient gear - what is it good for?
Replies: 17
Views: 1074

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

Did your buddy get into the wind shadow and have to swim due to his old gear? Or did he just kite into the wrong spot? Sometimes we see someone who makes more bad judgments than others. I'm not sure a new kite can fix that. Sure it might be better, but it may not make all the difference.

by foam-n-fibre
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Speed of kitesurfing vs. windsurfing
Replies: 60
Views: 2963

Re: Speed of kitesurfing vs. windsurfing

Yes, as someone who often uses a GPS and still do both sports, the speeds are quite similar. On certain gear in certain conditions I think either can be faster.

by foam-n-fibre
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best waroo year
Replies: 32
Views: 1210

Re: Best waroo year

Because the post above cast some doubt, I will add to the 2007 vote. I'm 100% sure this is a 2007 or 2008 at a glance, and if it does not have the a/b/c rear line attachment points then its a 2007. Generally it was a solid flying well built kite. Sure, for 10x as much you might get a newer better ki...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat May 04, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: LEI power comparison with closed cell foil.
Replies: 28
Views: 2747

Re: LEI power comparison with closed cell foil.

I spent some winters riding foils in the 2000 to 2006 years, and LEIs on the water. The foils were old school ones with no depower (F-One Shadow). I found that the 7m Shadow pulled like a 12m LEI. The 9m was more like a 14m LEI with depower. Guys riding the Flexifoil Blades back in the day probably ...
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wetsuit repair glueing - glue doesn't stick and comes off?!?
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Wetsuit repair glueing - glue doesn't stick and comes off?!?

One kite bladders wiping with rubbing alcohol first greatly improves the bond with aquaseal. You might try wiping your repairs down with alcohol too.

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