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by BWD
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The olympic pictogram representing kitesurfers
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: The olympic pictogram representing kitesurfers

kitecomedy wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:26 am
No, this is the real Olympic Kite Spirit :lol:
kitespirit_sold_for_money.jpg
Come on mate that 5 line crap is passé
Oh wait now i get it
by BWD
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Board leashes are cool for wave kite?
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Board leashes are cool for wave kite??

I forgot to mention, when using a leash i wear a helmet, just like I would when foiling.
A helmet is always a good idea when there is potential for faster, bigger crashes and collision with objects or terrain. I wear one most sessions lately.
by BWD
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Board leashes are cool for wave kite?
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Board leashes are cool for wave kite??

Im a recreational rider. I’ve used a leash when the shore was mostly rocks and cliffs with only pocket beach exits. Its a calculated risk. You cant lose the board in some situations. For event competitors, there are timed heats, they can’t chase their board for 10 minutes, the heat will end. Sometim...
by BWD
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do Twin tips get softer or flexier over time?
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Do Twin tips get softer or flexier over time?

You should expect fiber/polyester composites to lose stiffness over time. Unless they are rather overbuilt.
Micro-fractures in the resin and some fiber breakage are involved. Epoxies used in boards have more toughness so they resist breaking down for longer.
by BWD
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Importance of a lightweight kite for non-foiling
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: Importance of a lightweight kite for non-foiling

Suppose you are sending it deep offwind, whether on a big wave, or flat water on an extended Super-G carve, whatever, and the wind lulls, the wave jacks up, or you spot a fish net you have to avoid, any of which could require you to sail dead downwind for longer than you planned. Almost always on a ...
by BWD
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Xcel Drylock X 5/4 hooded - the best one?
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Xcel Drylock X 5/4 hooded - the best one?

I would have confidence in the xcel. I have an xcel 6/5/4, not drylock but the next one down in cost. It keeps me comfy as low as 38-40 F / 3-4 C water. I expect the 5/4 drylock would do as well. Don’t size it too small. Thinner xcel suits you may need to size down slightly. My L 3/2 xcel is a stret...
by BWD
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: improve speed on slower board
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: improve speed on slower board

If the board is truly soft it will be faster if you make it stiffer, even if the static rocker is the same. Reason being dynamic rocker distortions/flex rob energy and speed. If the board has a bottom that can bond epoxy, adding a couple stripa of uni carbon may help. If it’s a polyethylene or simil...
by BWD
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Auto-Zenith high performance kite
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Auto-Zenith high performance kite

Indeed. Back in the earlier days of surf kiting I remember hearing of guys adding weights to the TE of kites...
So maybe we see why there is a stick extending off the back of the hp prototype.
by BWD
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Finishing on Foils
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Finishing on Foils

I would bet sprayed urethane or acrylic.
by BWD
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Latest surf foil design: Gull wing and other stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 1375

Re: Latest surf foil design: Gull wing and other stuff

Here's my take based on a modest comprehension of theories and my own experience and "feel" anhedral gives more stability and makes it easier to turn with a constant radius. dihedral may make a big sluggish wing more lively, it's rare on small wings because of this. I think this is because with dihe...

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