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by panic
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: quad vs two fins?
Replies: 16
Views: 8920

Re: quad vs two fins?

I'm a big fan of twinnies for both kiting and surfing. IMHO, with kiting compared to surfing you require so much less drive off the fins to generate your speed down the line, you can get by with a looser fin setup as long as you have enough fin area to avoid blowing out the bottom turn. I use MR-TFX...
by panic
Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice needed: BIC 6'7" vs NSP fish 6'4" (strapless)
Replies: 10
Views: 3425

Re: Advice needed: BIC 6'7" vs NSP fish 6'4" (strapless)

Hey, I know this thread is ancient news, but I was recently on vacation with my kites, and tried a Bic 6'7 and a NSP 6'0 Fish rental boards back-to-back, so I thought I'd contribute my thoughts for any future googlers who stumble across this thread. I thought the Bic was better on the wave face itse...
by panic
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone kiting yet in Northeast
Replies: 19
Views: 1299

Re: Anyone kiting yet in Northeast

Been kiting all winter on Cape Cod. Yesterday was fun as hell and apparently i was the only kiter riding in Buzzards Bay. Still need gloves, but I was able to use my 2mm neo socks instead of my thick winter boots. I don't mind the winter. The cold water is made up for by the deserted beaches and hav...
by panic
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recycle Your Old, Busted Drysuit
Replies: 1
Views: 507

Recycle Your Old, Busted Drysuit

If you've got an old beat up drysuit that you are going to replace, don't throw it in the trash -- mail it to me, and I will make something usable out of it. Lately, I have been making cool wallets out of busted sports equipment, like blown bicycle inner tubes and the old neck seal that I replaced o...
by panic
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do you think it is wise to buy a destroyed kite cheap?
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

Re: Do you think it is wise to buy a destroyed kite cheap?

Depends on how torn up it is. I successfully repaired a 4" tear just behind the LE of a Waroo, and have had absolutely no problems with it. If the panels are, for instance, totally blown apart, I wouldn't bother.
by panic
Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How do you Jump Unhooked? (preparing for an s-bend!)
Replies: 11
Views: 1181

Re: How do you Jump Unhooked? (preparing for an s-bend!)

No disrespect here, but if you've only been riding two weeks, I'm guessing you are still probably riding with the "poopoo" stance -- butt out, back bent -- which is being exaggerated when you unhook. Try to keep your back straight and hips forward when riding and especially when unhooking, so all th...
by panic
Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How do you Jump Unhooked? (preparing for an s-bend!)
Replies: 11
Views: 1181

Re: How do you Jump Unhooked? (preparing for an s-bend!)

Some will (validly) argue that a C or hybrid is better than the Waroo for wakestyle tricks, but at this stage in the game, I doubt your kite selection is going to make a huge difference in learning those first few unhooked moves -- railey, hoochie glide, your first sloppy "s-bend." S-bends are certa...
by panic
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How Do I Start?
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: How Do I Start?

The best thing you can do right now is to buy a trainer kite and learn to fly it well. Don't fly it half a dozen times and call it quits; fly it to the point where you can fly it with your eyes closed, and know exactly what it's going to do at every point in the wind window. Much like continuously c...
by panic
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leash Alternative - Go Joe?
Replies: 14
Views: 2200

Re: Leash Alternative - Go Joe?

Save yourself some cash and get a kid's water wing and put that around your board's handle. Does the same thing as the Go Joe, for 50 cents. I used to do this a few years ago when I was learning to body drag.
by panic
Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nobile NHP
Replies: 31
Views: 7011

Not only do these kites look great, it is so refreshing to see their product descriptions so concise, well written, and free of the sickeningly unctuous marketing hype that is all too common these days.

...I can't believe I just used the word "unctuous" in an internet forum post...

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