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by Hardwater Kiter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Ozone Access 12m vs Ozone Explore 12m
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: Ozone Access 12m vs Ozone Explore 12m

Hi all, I'm looking for a depowerable foil kite for my Dad to use in light winds on a buggy. He's a competent beginner/ low intermediate kiter, but needs a kite that will be forgiving and inspire confidence (that's why I've ruled out other more high-performance kites). He will be using the kite onl...
by Hardwater Kiter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Low aspect open cell vs. single skin
Replies: 3
Views: 627

Re: Low aspect open cell vs. single skin

There are bunch of diffent open cell snowkites on the market. While i understand the performance advantage of a high aspect kite or the versatility of a hyperlink, i am not sure what a low aspect open cell can do that a single skin kite can not do better. Is it because some people expect a new vers...
by Hardwater Kiter
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: What type of skis for kiting?
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: What type of skis for kiting?

Oh I do plan on taking lessons for sure. :thumb: Learning to snowkite on a board or skis, if you have kiting experience is fairly straightforward. I've taught buggy riders with no skiing experience how to ride skis with the kite in about 2hrs. But they had top-notch flying skill. Learning to pilot ...
by Hardwater Kiter
Mon May 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Gin Marabou - Single-surface Kite
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Re: Gin Marabou - Single-surface Kite

Same general concept as the Shaman 3 or Peak 4 or Ozone Explore. Lightweight, compactable, durable easy to transport and possessing a broad wind range. But unlike the Shaman, Peak or Ozone, it has a closed cell leading edge to allow for water relaunch. The Marabous I've sold have gone to people who ...
by Hardwater Kiter
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor
Replies: 21
Views: 1293

Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Doing lessons is fun, until its not. I met many cool people and made many good friends. Even a couple girls😉 When you get someone that doest listen its a nightmare. Older men are the worst. They don't listen well, know everything, think they are stronger than the kite, or are overconfident. Communi...
by Hardwater Kiter
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New to kite flying
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: New to kite flying

If you are serious about learning, take lessons. Shorten the learning curve and train on someone else's gear instead of wrecking your own. Learning on your own can be hazardous at worse and slow and leaving you as a perpetual intermediate at best. Buy be sure that you get a good instructor with expe...
by Hardwater Kiter
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Nice overview on foil kites
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Nice overview on foil kites

Anyone have any flying time on the Born single skins?

http://www.born-kite.de/product_info.ph ... -11-0.html
by Hardwater Kiter
Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Nice overview on foil kites
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Nice overview on foil kites

^^Have you even flown a single skin foilholio? I have flown the Marabou 12 against Soul 12 - only on land with marginal wind. And I found Soul 12 equal if not better in terms of power and staying in the air. I don't think that single skins are better for marginal wind (below 5/6 knots). I have now ...
by Hardwater Kiter
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Nice overview on foil kites
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Nice overview on foil kites

Gin currently offers the Marabou in their active product line. The video of Sans is not much of a video. No discussion of any details in terms of conditions, what was under his feet or bar set up. If he was on a 9m and it produced no power, something wasnt right. His only input was his opinion that ...
by Hardwater Kiter
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Ultralight vs standard foil kite degradation
Replies: 21
Views: 2328

Re: Ultralight vs standard foil kite degradation

FWIW all my kiting is in winter. So solar degradation is minimal. In my world, UL fabric tends to hold up very similarly to standard unless you snag it on an ice shard or some similar mishap. I will be more gentle with UL but it is surprisingly durable. As stated above, a foil well cared for will la...

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