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by RalfsB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Light wind board / kite suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 715

Re: Light wind board / kite suggestions?

There are several things that increase light wind capability: bigger and lighter kite (fast-turning kite is a bonus), longer kite lines, bigger and flatter board (or switching to a foil board, if you want to). If you want an inflatable kite, one strut kites in large sizes (16+) are a good option; fo...
by RalfsB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: looking for a new Lightwind tubekite Help!
Replies: 43
Views: 2366

Re: looking for a new Lightwind tubekite Help!

I'm looking for a new tube kite for hydrofoiling in marginal wind. I've been looking at Naish Boxer because I'm using Naish for twintip. But since this kite is not sold in my home country, I can't try it before buying. I am looking for experiences with the boxer, I'm not sure if I should choose the...
by RalfsB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Great boosting twin tip for 110kgs & 202cm?
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Re: Great boosting twin tip for 110kgs & 202cm?

Nobile NHP XTR is a great board (143x48cm size).
by RalfsB
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: DIY HF Mast Screws Connection?
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: DIY HF Mast Screws Connection?

I recently converted a surfboard to a foilboard, added stringers with brass barrel nuts.
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by RalfsB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Xr5 15m lightwind? Or
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Xr5 15m lightwind? Or

There are plenty of wonderful one strut kites out there, they are perfect for light wind, if you want to stay with inflatables.
by RalfsB
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Wing loading as a metric
Replies: 21
Views: 1231

Re: Wing loading as a metric

It is a lot smaller, so not much influence. And the back wing reduces overall lift, as it pulls a bit down, negative lift usually. 8) Peter Sometimes it is not a lot smaller. When I use the speed wing in the front, the back wing looks about 2/3 the size of the front wing. And regarding the negative...
by RalfsB
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Wing loading as a metric
Replies: 21
Views: 1231

Re: Wing loading as a metric

I am not sure if it is correct to calculate for the front wing area only, the back wing also contributes to the total lift of the foil.
by RalfsB
Fri May 31, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to make a wind-kite-board-weight table?
Replies: 13
Views: 755

Re: How to make a wind-kite-board-weight table?

80kg rider, alaia or surfboard
18m foil kite - 8 to 14 kts
12m inflatable - 11 to 22 kts
9m inflatable - 16 to 28 kts
7m inflatable - 20 to 32 kts
by RalfsB
Thu May 30, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: HQ kites are a bad joke
Replies: 41
Views: 22498

Re: HQ kites are a bad joke

A few months ago I bought a HQ4 Matrixx 18m, so far it seems to be the best foil kite I ever had (turning speed, depower, safety) for light wind freeriding.
by RalfsB
Mon May 27, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wainmann Punch, Boss, and Big Mama: too close to be practical?
Replies: 10
Views: 649

Re: Wainmann Punch, Boss, and Big Mama: too close to be practical?

I can't speak about specific manufacturers and kites but those sizes you mentioned sound a bit too close. A reasonable rule of thumb is to have the next kite size like 1/4 or 1/3 bigger than the previous kite size. If I had a 12m, one size back would be 8 or 9 m; next size forward would be 16 - 18m....

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