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by GregK
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Problems with incorrectly set bridles
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Problems with incorrectly set bridles.

Almost certainly if your kite's bridle lines are crossed & twisted up it will alter the shape of the kite and how it flies. Work on one side at a time, so you always have a connected example of what goes where. Take one side of the bridle apart enough to removed all twists and tangles. When you have...
by GregK
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 336
Views: 151328

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Hard to tell for sure from your photos - damaged bladders are notoriously difficult to photograph , they either reflect light from the camera's flash or they are transparent. If the damage is less than 10 cm in width, and at least 1 cm from the bladder's edge seam, then it can be patched with TearAi...
by GregK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ouch hail!
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Ouch hail!

Windsurfed the 'Nak decades ago in very mellow 6m2 wind and logo-high swell, couldn't imagine the waves on a 40 - 50 knot day PLUS hail.

Glad you are still with us !
by GregK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ocean Rodeo single concave vs. double concave boards
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Ocean Rodeo single concave vs. double concave boards

When I look at the original 150 Mako I see similarities ( narrow width, deep single concave ) with a high-performance slalom ( single ) water-ski, except maybe for the tail rocker, slalom skis tend to be flatter in the tail section. I loved riding the 150 Mako because it rode with much more even fro...
by GregK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Most powerful 9m LEI out there?
Replies: 18
Views: 1072

Re: Most powerful 9m LEI out there?

Believe that title is still held by the Best Hellfish ...
by GregK
Wed May 29, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kites available in sizes smaller than 4m?
Replies: 48
Views: 1883

Re: Kites available in sizes smalelr than 4m?

BRM Clouds smallest is a 2.2m, lots of small sizes ( 2.2 / 2.8 / 3.7 m ) kites are designed for freeride foiling - http://www.boardridingmaui.com/index.html

Having a bar with really short ( say 15 m ) lines can also help take some of the power out of the super-windy days.
by GregK
Thu May 23, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Wing loading as a metric
Replies: 21
Views: 980

Re: Wing loading as a metic

... it operates in waterflow that has been curved down by the main foil. Please explain what causes the water to flow down ? I would have thought that the water under and very close to the front wing is at higher pressure than the water on top and near the wing surface, so after the front wing pass...
by GregK
Wed May 22, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Wing loading as a metric
Replies: 21
Views: 980

Re: Wing loading as a metic

I'm 170 lbs on 170 sq. inch front wing so 77, 273 grams / 1, 097 cm2 = 70 g/cm2 Is lift from the stabilizer negligible ? Isn't most foilboard riding done at a large enough angle of attack ( say 5 to 10 degrees positive or up ) that the stab is generating lift as well ? Albeit its lift force is off-s...
by GregK
Tue May 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: "Flex tape" brand as substitute for tear-aid?
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: "Flex tape" brand as substitute for tear-aid?

Looks interesting, particularly because it's available in 12-inch wide rolls, twice as wide as TearAid, perfect for those really wide bladder blow-outs !

Will have to get some up here in Canada and test it for bladder repairs.
by GregK
Thu May 09, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Duck Tack Tutorial (Strapless & Directional Series)
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Duck Tack Tutorial (Strapless & Directional Series)

yomotha wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 2:30 pm
Is that still a duck tack or is that called something else?
Using sailboat turning definitions, your board is tacking ( turning up into the wind ) and your body is gybing ( turning down-wind ). So maybe the name for your transition is a board tack - body gybe ??

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