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by func
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maui Kitebeach parking and park revamp
Replies: 5
Views: 1353

Re: Maui Kitebeach parking and park revamp

Also signed.
by func
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How close before a helicopter wash would affect a kite?
Replies: 16
Views: 2277

Re: How close before a helicopter wash would affect a kite?

There's some perspective tricks going on in this photo, but this heli was flying below kite level, filming the action on a big wave day a few years ago. I got a little too close downwind and had my kite smacked down hard, but not hard enough to hit the water. You really had to clear your gybes on th...
by func
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Tips for Maui! (On January and February)
Replies: 4
Views: 2093

Re: Tips for Maui! (On January and February)

The Second Wind shop is one of my favorites, they usually have lots of used equipment. I'm not sure they sell kites, but you can probably find one on Craigslist. Winter is my favorite time here in Maui, best time for large waves. Even though it's less windy than summer, it's still pretty windy; I we...
by func
Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone else riding their motorcycle to go kiting?
Replies: 32
Views: 5868

Re: Anyone else riding their motorcycle to go kiting?

What do you guys do with your helmet, jacket, shoes, pump while you're kiting. If I left any of those items on a bike in SA they'd be gone in 60 seconds. I leave my helmet on the bike, jacket gets locked in one of the side cases, if I wear it. Some days I ride with my kite helmet, not great, but it...
by func
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone else riding their motorcycle to go kiting?
Replies: 32
Views: 5868

Re: Anyone else riding their motorcycle to go kiting?

Bought this beat up F650 6 months ago, and it came with a home made surf rack. It's kinda goofy, and drags on the ground if I corner too hard to the right, but damn, it actually works pretty well. Fun to use too. The front rack is clamped to the engine crash bars, and the rear section just clamps on...
by func
Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maybe better go LessGoProChicken style
Replies: 4
Views: 1019

Re: Maybe better go LessGoProChicken style

Wow, what happened next? Could you relaunch? Wind died on me once and I drifted through a group of hammerheads, worked out fine though.
by func
Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: dec hawaii
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: dec hawaii

That'd be cool. :) The western harbor breakwall has a good wave called Big Ed's. It's not bad for kiting, but last time I rode it I didn't stay long, as Ed is a 15 foot hammerhead, and I didn't feel like meeting him.
by func
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: dec hawaii
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: dec hawaii

Can't speak for the other islands, but you can walk to Kite Beach from the Kahului cruise ship dock, and if there's a north swell there will be good waves right there. Check it out on Google Earth.
by func
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: OT - Kiteboarding when there is no wind...
Replies: 5
Views: 1074

Re: OT - Kiteboarding when there is no wind...

I used to always dream about kitesurfing behind a huge quadcopter on those windless days - this is actually a lot simpler. Don't fall in the water though. Lithium polymer batteries and brushless motors are scary powerful these days - the energy density is pretty weak compared to gasoline, but the po...
by func
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Orientation bacpac for kite or strut mount GoPros
Replies: 37
Views: 6680

Re: Orientation bacpac for kite or strut mount GoPros

Love it! I was just thinking about a brushless gimbal to unspin kite mounted video, but this is way simpler mechanically.

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