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by juandesooka
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 37
Views: 2039

Re: Classic Idiot...

"Funny" ... this video has gone semi viral on those instagram kook type pages, it's the comments on those that more get me riled up. Kiters may laugh a little, because it is funny how it turned out, him wrapped around the tree ... but always with that under-current of knowing this is serious and may...
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 37
Views: 2039

Re: Classic Idiot...

This reminds me of the advanced beginner kite learning phase. My mentor told me I was in the most dangerous phase: I knew the basics of the gear and had basic competency, but did not yet have any of the perspective that comes with experience. Add in the crazy stoke of wanting more and more kiting, r...
by juandesooka
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is there a difference in wetsuit quality?
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: Is there a difference in wetsuit quality?

Agree, smooth skin is terrible for wear. Also agree about stretchy neoprene ... modern wetsuits are so much more comfortable than the old days. A 5mm suit now has the same flexibility of what 3/2s had. But it's come at the cost of suits now being an annual purchase, not 2-3 seasons. However, another...
by juandesooka
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Could Foot Straps on a Surfboard Lead to Broken Femur?
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Could Foot Straps on a Surfboard Lead to Broken Femur?

Toby, I haven't seen anyone riding a surfboard with foothooks. The whole idea of straps is both to provide extra control when riding waves, and boosting ability to jump over them. I've ridden a foil board with hooks and didn't even like them for that. Several local wave riders use foot hooks effect...
by juandesooka
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Could Foot Straps on a Surfboard Lead to Broken Femur?
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Could Foot Straps on a Surfboard Lead to Broken Femur?

Heard about this via grapevine.....friend involved in the rescue. Footstraps on surfboards can definitely cause injuries, especially if only one strap or one foot comes out. Lots of force twisting that one leg in waves. on the other hand, I broke my ankle riding strapless. ...freak accident, so I gu...
by juandesooka
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is there a difference in wetsuit quality?
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: Is there a difference in wetsuit quality?

There can be massive differences in build quality and materials between lines. For example xcel lowest end suit has untaped single stitch seams that are sieves while xcel drylock is so well sealed it's nearly a semi drysuit. $150 vs $500. But sometimes you see a drylock on sale for $200. So the tric...
by juandesooka
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 48
Views: 2634

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

heh, interesting indeed, the adventure continues. In the gear exploration phase, I find that borrowing/demo doesn't work very well, as you can't learn the in's and out's of the gear in one or two tries. For me at least, I don't really know how something works until I've got comfortable with it, then...
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 48
Views: 2634

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

From what i get out of this discussion is that there are very few people going out in this stuff and current surf designs are catering to smaller slower waves. So we have a knowledge gap of what equipment to use and actually how to ride waves. Agree about not many people going out in this stuff. An...
by juandesooka
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 48
Views: 2634

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

Peter's post above helps highlight why we'll never get a consensus on something like this: we are all in different areas, with different conditions, different interests, and different skills. We may think we are all on the same page, but I've seen so many discussions here where 20 pages in, it becom...
by juandesooka
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Harness with Sliding spreader bar
Replies: 36
Views: 3034

Re: Harness with Sliding spreader bar

Replace your rope often! And don't buy the Ride Engine replacement -- it's the same foot long piece of dyneema you get at the boat store. One more thing to add to this: if you have dynabar, their replacement rope is maybe worth a little extra money. They have braided a loop in one end (which activa...

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