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by foam-n-fibre
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Newb 1st time B2 practice
Replies: 24
Views: 768

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: 781

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: 1362

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: 979

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: 2692

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: 1130

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: 2099

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: 855

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.
by foam-n-fibre
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bar Pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 794

Re: Bar Pressure

If we step back a bit, I'd say first, if you have low bar pressure then there is more pull on the front lines. if the kite is flying at a certain angle of attack then it should fly the same whether the tension is more on the front lines, or whether it is more evenly split between 4 lines. However, i...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Airush wave 7m blew out!
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: Airush wave 7m blew out!

Sounds like what was happening on the original waroos. The solution is to pump it harder, and/or keep more bar pressure on it. Big guys who are on a big kite for the wind and who like to let go of the bar on full depower were most prone to this kind of thing. If the kite was leaking and going soft i...

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