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by SimonP
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilboarding Kite Sizes
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Foilboarding Kite Sizes

Go 6m. Once there is real wind, you can drop kite sizes really quickly.
I have 12, 9, 7, and 5m and the 9 and 7m have way too much overlap. A 5m is often too powerful when it is over 25 knots depending on the foil.
I reckon the ideal foiling kite quiver would be 12, 9, 6, 4m.
by SimonP
Thu May 30, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kites available in sizes smaller than 4m?
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: Kites available in sizes smaller than 4m?

Does anyone have experience foiling with the small Switch Elements? The 3m, 4m, and 5m sizes are all one strut. I have a single strut 5m Element and love it for foiling. It is low aspect, very predictable and mellow. The wind range is crazy wide, I have used it in 15 knots and also in 30+ knot squa...
by SimonP
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is Element 6 good for inland gusty conditions?
Replies: 6
Views: 755

Re: Is Element 6 good for inland gusty conditions?

Based on one lake session to date on a 7m, yes. Five struts, very stable, lots of depower. It is very much a delta kite, like the Evo or Slingshot Rally. Some people like the feel, others don't. They are very powerful for their size; it has a high surface area. I probably should have bought a 6m. Th...
by SimonP
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 54
Views: 4217

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

The few times that I have kited Tai Rd it has been very cross-off. It would be very difficult to keep the speed under control when bottom turning on a foil board. I reckon you should have a go on a modern foil Plummet. A "slow" foil is still as quick as a surfboard, it just doesn't turn the same way...
by SimonP
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Helium 3
Replies: 23
Views: 5095

Re: Switch Helium 3

Mine don't hindenburg. The 10m and 12m Helium fly in less wind than I can hydrofoil, i.e. < 8 knots. I never keep a kite still at 12 o'clock in light winds, I make sure that it is always moving. Maybe it's a bridle problem or your winds are really shifty?
by SimonP
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: World Sailing AGM confirms Kiteboarding for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 21
Views: 2349

Re: World Sailing AGM confirms Kiteboarding for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Pretty narrow weight range. It's not obvious to me that there is much advantage to being small (or big), the kite is supporting most of the weight anyway. I have no idea how you would manage and police the transition zone. I would rather see a competition of individuals rather than mixed doubles. If...
by SimonP
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Game changer - Onewheel teaches how to turn on a foil
Replies: 63
Views: 8691

Re: Game changer - Onewheel teaches how to turn on a foil

Well worth the purchase. I have had mine three years. A kid put it in the harbour during a kite-boarding event earlier this year and it stopped working. I pulled it all apart, dried it and put it back together and fortunately it has been fine since then. The weight distribution skills are similar bu...
by SimonP
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?
Replies: 425
Views: 142003

Re: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?

You're correct, it's not 97%, it's more like 99% as those few contrarians were older and some have died recently. Others have left academia so that they are now able to be paid by lobby groups to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
by SimonP
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Three strut Hybrid C kites for foiling?
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: Three strut Hybrid C kites for foiling?

I use a 12m Switch Helium and it flies in less wind than I can foil in, around 6 knots. I use a small 120cm board though, so need a good gust to get up.
by SimonP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?
Replies: 425
Views: 142003

Re: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?

LOL. If you knew your history you would know that Eisenhower was concerned about the military–industrial complex where the defense industry had far too much vested interest in public policy. Public policy in your country is now made by ignorant morons who pay no attention to scientific knowledge or ...

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