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by juandesooka
Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Wingfoil bags?
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Wingfoil bags?

I have an old Naish bag that has a zipper, extends the bag to about 6 feet. Not sure if it is an old kite bag from pre single inflate days or a windsurf sail bag. Anyways, windsurf sail bag is probably best bet. I added a kite pinch valve and leave centre strut inflated....I find it's a hassle to de...
by juandesooka
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Why a stabi, when wing foiling?
Replies: 56
Views: 4365

Re: Why a stabi, when wing foiling?

I remain intrigued by canards, but not many others are, seems to make sense, but never caught on in any big way. In a way, the no-stab seems related to canard, as the dominant lifting force is directly under back foot. The small front canard wing also lifts, but maybe it's impact is somewhat minimal...
by juandesooka
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: semi-drysuit questions and other brands
Replies: 18
Views: 1790

Re: semi-drysuit questions and other brands

"Semi-drysuit"....sounds like that was maybe more a thing before surfing wetsuits became so good. Like when I started surfing in the late 80s, wetsuits were so leaky that they were indeed WETsuits. Now, I often no water in my suit until 10 or 15 minutes into the session, with first duck dive. From t...
by juandesooka
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Wingfoil versus Kitefoil?
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: Wingfoil versus Kitefoil?

I agree with all of Peter's and Slappy's points. I see winging as having two main markets: 1) wind newbs, who are happy to lawn mow even if it is slower and lamer, because they don't need lessons and it's very safe 2) sup/surf foilers, for whom the wing is a tool to take the experience they already ...
by juandesooka
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Problem Inflating and Deflating Ozone Wasp
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: Problem Inflating and Deflating Ozone Wasp

Inflate: it'll start to fill once bladder is 3/4 hard, pressure equalizes through the small tube. Deflate: key is the tube can't be kinked, so you can't deflate if wing is folded. I put in a pinch valve like for kites, to isolate the bladders, and I leave centre strut inflated on the 6m, put it in a...
by juandesooka
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: RideEngine new Unity Spreader bar
Replies: 30
Views: 5391

Re: RideEngine new Unity Spreader bar

Thanks for the review. I have a Gen 1 Ride Engine, after the custom ones but before they added extra webbing straps. I have to admit to be being disappointed about how much it rides up. If regular powered, it's snug, but even a hint overpowered, and it's up into my ribs....to the point of being pain...
by juandesooka
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Slingshot WF1 + 76cm Infinity for Kite Foiling
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: Slingshot WF1 + 76cm Infinity for Kite Foiling

FYI here's an H5/NF2 wing for $150: http://www.nwkite.com/forums/t-49112.html Last year the big kite stores had blow out deals on slingshot's older wings (mac kite, real, green hat, etc). Buddy got an H2 and H4/Batwing for $99 each. So keep an eye, Black Friday is here soon. I kited the H4 briefy, w...
by juandesooka
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Slingshot WF1 + 76cm Infinity for Kite Foiling
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: Slingshot WF1 + 76cm Infinity for Kite Foiling

If you found it was working fine behind the boat, but having trouble kiting, that means your challenge is flying the kite. Controlling the power, not enough and you can't get on foil, too much and you over-foil and crash. When you are learning to kite foil, you generally want a fair bit of power, an...
by juandesooka
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kitemare warning about crossed lines!
Replies: 45
Views: 2944

Re: Kitemare warning about crossed lines!

Yikes! Sorry to hear it. And glad you're ok. Honestly, kinda seems like you may have got off lucky, as "complacency kills" is all too real in kiting. Those death stats one of the members keeps, there's just as many established experts as beginners. Kiting is like being tied to a thoroughbred horse, ...
by juandesooka
Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Very Strong Winds
Replies: 13
Views: 1640

Re: Very Strong Winds

I find chugging upwind a bit laborious. Long reaches, pinching up when possible. My gybes seem a bit flakey. Once I turn downwind everything gets easy. Swooshy carving gybes, easy wing flips, the odd bit of towing the wing and playing with the waves. All good. Higher winds have been a nice surprise...

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