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by GregK
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo
Replies: 792
Views: 87068

Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Had an AMAZING light wind session today with an 8m Aluula Roam and surf-sized foil ( Lift 170 Fish ). Love the way this kite handles, can't wait to fly it in higher wind.
by GregK
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite foiling is dying sooo fast
Replies: 80
Views: 5107

Re: Kite foiling is dying sooo fast

A few "what - ifs " to consider : - What if wings' LE and strut were made from the new lighter and much stiffer composite fabric, allowing massive reductions in tube diameters and thereby also greatly reducing the form drag when holding the wing aloft / depowered - What if new reduced-drag composite...
by GregK
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leading edge repair
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Leading edge repair

... how would be possible to be repaired without a stitch or any sign of repair. Not economically feasible to repair without any sign of repair - that would require a) having a quantity of the dark blue DP Dacron ( maybe possible now that Duotone are making their kite fabrics available for small-qu...
by GregK
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leading edge repair
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Leading edge repair

Easy/fast/probably-work-out-fine fix : - if the bad scuff/near-tear is close enough to reach from the access zipper, clean the area around the damage inside and outside with isopropyl alcohol & dry - cut a patch of Dacron sailtape about 5 cm longer than the scuff and 7 - 8 cm wide - install the patc...
by GregK
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoil low end (~7-11knots)
Replies: 41
Views: 2225

Re: Hydrofoil low end (~7-11knots)

Might want to add to your list of light wind kites an Ocean Rodeo Aluula 10m Roam or 12m Flite.
by GregK
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inside leading edge blowout: how is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 840

Re: Inside leading edge blowout: how is it possible?

Fretting wear. Looks like the webbing inside the canopy that distributes the front line load is in contact and rubbing against the LE pocket.
by GregK
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo
Replies: 792
Views: 87068

Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

tegirinenashi - have you felt an Aluula kite pumped up, to say 8 psi ? Get a friend to constrain one wingtip while you bend the opposite wingtip.

I expect you are in for surprise.
by GregK
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo
Replies: 792
Views: 87068

Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Any new Aluula kite & hydrofoil owners finding incredible top end on these kites, or just me ? Most of the time I'm riding a surf-sized hydrofoil with either a 3-strut or strutless kite about half the size TT riders are using, I'm free-ride foilling strapless, working on tacks or riding wind-swell i...
by GregK
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Valve repair
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Valve repair

What's your ambient temperature ? The PVC valves are pretty stiff and hard to put in place when cold. Apply a little warming with a hair dryer and the valve will soften up and be a LOT easier to pull in place and get that lip on the valve shoulder through and all around the hole in the kite fabric. ...
by GregK
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: most durable kite brands/models
Replies: 17
Views: 753

Re: most durable kite brands/models

As an over-all industry trend, kite manufacturers are moving away from heavier-reinforced kite designs to lighter-built / less-reinforced kite designs. But the materials from which they are made ( excluding the new Aluula LE and strut fabric ), namely woven and coated polyester fabric, thermoplastic...

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