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by FLandOBX
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cheap(ish) kite destination
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Re: Cheap(ish) kite destination

There are a lot of good suggestions for great kiting vacations in this thread. But the OP said, "He is still pretty beginner level so nothing too advanced please." IMHO, Cabarete is crowded and not beginner-friendly. Not sure about Brazil. Corpus, S. Padre, or OBX would be better for a beginner.
by FLandOBX
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Hydrofoil protections
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Hydrofoil protections

Hey, bb615. There was a discussion of this a few months ago. Try the "search" feature. One idea in that thread that seemed clever was using old automobile windshield sunscreens. Once they get old, they get flimsy and aren't much use for screening sun rays from a windshield. But they're useful as cus...
by FLandOBX
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters
Replies: 34
Views: 1219

Re: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters

Have fun explaining to the judge that you are participating in an extreme sport and I'm just some guy on the beach you asked to hold your kite until you gave me the thumbs up and it's my fault. Exactly. in most states in the USA, a kiter would be found to have assumed the risk of an errant launch. ...
by FLandOBX
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Living fulltime in van with wet kiting gear
Replies: 19
Views: 1047

Re: Living fulltime in van with wet kiting gear

....All the kiteschools i know and have worked for just have a trailer full of wet gear and never cared cause it wasnt stored inside the van itself.... Maybe that's your answer? I'm not living in my van full time, but I picked up a solid used trailer for less than the cost of a new kite, and all of...
by FLandOBX
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters
Replies: 34
Views: 1219

Re: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters

Yes, it's always a good idea to ask if the other kiter actually WANTS your assistance before you begin to "help". Many people don't want help from a stranger. Often, a well-intended stranger can make matters worse.
by FLandOBX
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters
Replies: 34
Views: 1219

Re: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters

I think soliciting waivers would leave you without anyone willing to launch your kite. I understand liability risks and the desirability of protection in many areas of day-to-day life, but we usually need to balance the need for a waiver with real-world practicality. It's easier to secure a waiver f...
by FLandOBX
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Sad day South France
Replies: 10
Views: 1410

Re: Sad day South France

Sorry to hear this. 67 is far too young. RIP.
by FLandOBX
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in the rain?
Replies: 28
Views: 1244

Re: Kiting in the rain?

I don't mind a sprinkle, but if it's a hard rain, it hurts. Plus the wet kite thing. It's like bicycling in the rain. Painful and messy equipment afterwards. Not for me.
by FLandOBX
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Land teaching - 5th line instructor safety - Safer land lesson
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Land teaching - 5th line instructor safety - Safer land lesson

Tiago, this is an interesting technique. I've never used a 5th line in this way, or seen other instructors do so. My initial impression is that it could be a very useful teaching technique in light wind with smaller kites. For obvious reasons, it scares me to put an LEI in the hands of a beginner on...
by FLandOBX
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Different kites in different sizes quiver
Replies: 32
Views: 1564

Re: Different kites in different sizes quiver

Yes. It makes sense, particularly if you use a variety of boards/equipment (e.g., TT, foilboard, directional). As wind and/or water conditions change, board choices change, and so too do kite types/sizes/shapes. I have a quiver of LEIs that I use for TT, but I almost always use a foil kite when ridi...

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