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by foam-n-fibre
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: covid 19 closing beaches, any more to report?
Replies: 63
Views: 3291

Re: covid 19 closing beaches, any more to report?

I just heard that Hatteras is closed to visitors. They don't want sick visitors coming out to vacation there. Check the county website https://www.darenc.com/

Peter
by foam-n-fibre
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: tack on the snow
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: tack on the snow

Yes. I'd like to hear more about this. I recently saw some guys doing this on skis with foil kites in light wind. I've never tried but was wondering if it would transfer to the hydrofoil and help my summer progression. Winter is almost over here but hopefully we have 2 or 3 more weeks of snow/ice ri...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Wrapping rails neatly
Replies: 16
Views: 770

Re: Wrapping rails neatly

For some applications I use 3M Super 77 spray adhesive to stick carbon to something with a complex shape before wetting it out. Might sound crazy to some, but google it, its commonly done. Turns out that carbon cuts much more cleanly wen it has one side misted with this spray since the fibers hold t...
by foam-n-fibre
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ride engine harness fit, rides up
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Ride engine harness fit, rides up

Don't underestimate how much how you fly the kite and how your stance affects if the harness rides up. I don't have wide shoulders or anything and in 20 years of kiting i don't think I've had a problem with any harness riding up which can't be solved while riding. If the harness does shift up a bit,...
by foam-n-fibre
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Windsurf board for wing-foiling
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: Windsurf board for wing-foiling

I'm not sure the foil would be in the right place on a windsurf board. I don't think you could pump the board the same. I know on the Naish convertible windsurf and SUP boards they have it set up to have the foil forward for SUP and back for windfoiling. I think you want more of a SUP setup with the...
by foam-n-fibre
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Can you body drag upwind?
Replies: 16
Views: 775

Re: Can you body drag upwind?

Yes I agree the current should not matter if you and the board are in the same water which is moving at the same speed. Another common error that I see in bodydragging is keeping the kite too high, and keeping the head up and the feet down too much. The kite should be well sheeted in and low, and I'...
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should I go for foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 1066

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: 1766

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: 967

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: 967

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 https://thegorgeismygym.com/forecast/

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