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by heemskn
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North navigator control bar
Replies: 25
Views: 1752

Re: North navigator control bar

After riding home-made "frankenbars" for many years I recently upgraded to a North Navigator and a Duotone Clickbar. I use the narrow navigator in the wide setting on 13 and 11 Cabrinha drifters and the (very) narrow Clickbar on my 9m Wave and 7m SST. I only ride strapless surfboards in the waves wi...
by heemskn
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil kite launching on small beach
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Re: Foil kite launching on small beach

Foil kites take a while to inflate in light wind so use a battery powered leaf blower to inflate if you want to get from the beach quickly.
These guys have figured out how to drift launch without a beach:
by heemskn
Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko white & green or Spitfire to learn on?
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Zeeko white & green or Spitfire to learn on?

So I just made up my mind to buy a Zeeko white&green alloy foil to learn on and then the Spitfire foil comes out... Background: Been kiting for 10+ years, last couple of years mostly strapless surfboard in waves. Finally decided to get into foiling for boring lower wind days. Mainly interested in ri...
by heemskn
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Custom Surfboard
Replies: 26
Views: 3480

Re: Custom Surfboard

TomW, have you made a board like this without the channels, or with different channels? Please comment on how you feel they affect the performance. Thanks! Basically I looked at an Evo, made it shorter, concave deck, thinner rails. It's down to 10mm thick at deepest part of concaves around 1/3 up fr...
by heemskn
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I don't believe in Flex !
Replies: 43
Views: 5286

Re: I don't believe in Flex !

Personally I believe in flex, but not in the explanations by most board builders/marketeers of why flex works. Over the last 50 or so years board builders and surfers have figured out the best shapes and construction methods through trial and error. It is a beautiful thing, and we should all be than...
by heemskn
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release
Replies: 99
Views: 12742

Re: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release

Bought this "1/4" Long D rigging shackle" from ebay for $5.53 IMG_0266.JPG 10 minutes with hacksaw and file turns it into two 6 mm pins that (tightly) fit 3/16 Amsteel depower line. The resulting pin is a...
by heemskn
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 857
Views: 153636

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

Ronnie, I have used a Naish "trim line pulley" with my sliding spreader bar. Nice and simple with no moving parts, and at $22 much cheaper than the Wichard halyard. Super compact if you connect a small ring with the bolt on the pulley, and connect a Cabrinha mushroom QR to the ring. Downside was tha...
by heemskn
Sun May 22, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do you wear a ring on your finger when kiting?
Replies: 17
Views: 2340

Re: Do you wear a ring on your finger when kiting?

This happened back in 2004 with a 2 line Wipika. Got lofted a bit and when I was put back down, I released the QR with my left hand, with my right hand still on the bar. I guess I was about to get lofted again because the bar took off with so much speed that it bent my wedding ring inwards, cutting ...
by heemskn
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Action Cameras for Kiting: Battle of the Cheapos
Replies: 27
Views: 3984

Re: Action Cameras for Kiting: Battle of the Cheapos

SJ4000 works fine, but does not quite fit in the good GoPro line mounts (like the latest camrig mount, which position the center of gravity exactly between the lines, to minimize shaking). Techmoan has great detailed reviews on cheap cameras:
by heemskn
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!
Replies: 252
Views: 60202

Re: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!

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