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by tegirinenashi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflatable race kites
Replies: 17
Views: 794

Re: Inflatable race kites

On some more reflection, just thinning leading edge would allow increasing the pressure. Say, the LE is reduced to half diameter, would it allow 2x pressure increase? Experimenting along these lines is relatively cheap, because one can use existing materials (TPU bladders + dacron). Certainly, front...
by tegirinenashi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflatable race kites
Replies: 17
Views: 794

Inflatable race kites

Is anything happening in this area or LEI manufacturers completely gave up on this idea? Cabrinha Apollo was a half-hearted attempt to make LEIs relevant at the racing scene, but it didn't go far for several reasons: 1. The kite is C shaped, with significant m^2 loss in projected area. 2. The AR is ...
by tegirinenashi
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Duotone 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Re: Duotone 2020

Is it quintuple ripstop?
by tegirinenashi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: If you had to re-buy all your kites tomorrow, what would you get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1867

Re: If you had to re-buy all your kites tomorrow, what would you get?

Well, after 15 years of kiting it is hard to get exciting about one particular model. They all ride the same to me, or, at least, good windy conditions make much more of the difference than a particular kite brand/model. Therefore, I would just go for the lowest fire sale I could see on the web.
by tegirinenashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The Duotone Wing
Replies: 212
Views: 13033

Re: The Duotone Wing

Again what "freedom of movement" is he talking about? He has this thingy leashed to an arm. Board permanently corded to a leg too. The proper way to tether yourself to a wing would be through harness and some sort of control device. Enter kitesurfing bar, and lines! Sure lines don't have to be 20 me...
by tegirinenashi
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: (almost) tool-less foil setups
Replies: 20
Views: 1146

Re: (almost) tool-less foil setups

We've almost got standard board mounting accomplished I have to say that after moving from a plate to a box, mounting the foil with just one Torx screw is a luxury I would hate to give up. The plate is in the opposite direction of tool-less. Unless you use electric screwdriver, one bolt screwed the...
by tegirinenashi
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The Duotone Wing
Replies: 212
Views: 13033

Re: The Duotone Wing

The wing is a nice shape for a kite. I have always wanted a dihedral kite so it would self stabilize on slack lines. Did you miss Naish Helix? Seriously, unlike traditional LEI this wing can be tethered on 3 lines. Center power line attached to the wing some bridle over the central strut, and two s...
by tegirinenashi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which year is this bar? :)
Replies: 7
Views: 821

Re: Which year is this bar? :)

Naish 2003-2005; I used 3 of these for a while. It is carbon, not alum. The soft rubber bar ends and sleeved steering lines were way ahead of the time. You can drill the center hole little wider to allow thicker rope -- I did it with all 3 bars and none failed. (You will have to smooth the exposed c...
by tegirinenashi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The Duotone Wing
Replies: 212
Views: 13033

Re: The Duotone Wing

What a race... Andy Laufer outrunning windfoiler @6:19:

What is the avg/max speed? (Sure unlike kitefoil race it is set up across the wind, but still?)

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