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by foam-n-fibre
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: valve delam time - time caught up - what glue?
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: valve delam time - time caught up - what glue?

Yes, +1 for aquaseal. I've said this before and will say it again. I did some tests with various bonding techniques. Cleaning and light sanding helps, but also wiping it with rubbing alcohol (and let it dry) will greatly improve the bond you get.

Peter
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 45
Views: 3554

Re: Classic Idiot...

It's all fine and well to say "punch out" but keep in mind, in that era, on that bar, the kite did not flag onto one line. It just depowered. Yes, it's a true thing to say in most of our cases now, but for him with that gear, he would have to release the CL and the leash. Although at least if he did...
by foam-n-fibre
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Open Palm Mitts and Pogies
Replies: 16
Views: 931

Re: Open Palm Mitts and Pogies

I've been using the open palm mitts for decades. They are great for all of the reasons outlined above. Just keep in mind though, if the water is on the colder side and you spend much time IN the water, they are about as warm as bare hands. They are great for the windchill though.

Peter
by foam-n-fibre
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Q-powerline suppliers in EU
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Q-powerline suppliers in EU

I've seen Q-lines break at the knot if a careless figure-8 knot is used where the parallel lines are allowed to cross inside the knot. If you take the time to get the half twist out of the figure-8 knot which normally gets created when you fold the line in half and tie the knot then I think the knot...
by foam-n-fibre
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Making launch safer - learning from the experts
Replies: 40
Views: 3304

Re: Making launch safer - learning from the experts

This description above is like those "how-to" videos showing a launch on a huge empty smooth sand beach. Many of us have various obstacles to avoid and ground surfaces and dirty wind at the launch. It is not the same for everyone. If I have the option of having someone hold my kite and launch it fro...
by foam-n-fibre
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 123
Views: 10455

Re: Fatality in France

So just to clarify, there is a suggestion that the launch was done with the kite in at the dunes instead of the other direction. What was the wind direction - side-on? Was there an updraft at the dunes - how high are they? Or was there a kite problem and launch gone bad which was not related to the ...
by foam-n-fibre
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?
Replies: 51
Views: 3689

Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

If you live at high northern or southern latitudes then the sun is more often low enough to be reflecting off the water more, and also hitting the eyes more directly. Of course it depends on your prevailing wind direction. I live at 45 degrees north. I spent summers teaching windsurfing back in the ...
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety went off after minor crash.
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Re: Safety went off after minor crash.

Here is a quick video I just did to show what happens

https://youtu.be/6tNy13YqGvE

Peter

https://youtu.be/6tNy13YqGvE
by foam-n-fibre
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety went off after minor crash.
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Re: Safety went off after minor crash.

If you have a clip with a gate that has no lock to hold it closed and you hook to another rigid clip, it can come undone. All it takes is for it to be twisted or folded over on itself and pulled at a funny angle. I can't make a video demonstrating this at the moment, but play with it and you should ...
by foam-n-fibre
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Looking for some drysuit repair advice..
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

Re: Looking for some drysuit repair advice..

I'm not sure if bonding to goretex is different, but when doing kite bladder repairs with aquaseal it makes a huge improvement if you wipe it with alcohol first. Maybe the bond you got is not all that great. If you do more over a bigger area, wipe it with rubbing alcohol first. I'm pretty sure the r...

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