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by Jamie-NYC
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 393
Views: 112646

Re: Best bankrupt?

I think it's time to close this thread? On the contrary, now we need to know who BEST is in 2019. As I understand it the parent holding company is bankrupt or in receivership, the principals having done many millions$$$ in fraud using the kite holdings, and the designer and most of the production a...
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Vantage kites, is the revolution announced?
Replies: 12
Views: 1532

Re: Vantage kites, is the revolution announced?

I have 2009 kites that I favor over kites half their age. Kite design has evolved, but not changed. This is a big problem for the industry, because it means there is often little compelling reason to update one's kites (apart from heavy wear for the lucky ones) - in that environment cost is biggest...
by Jamie-NYC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Vantage kites, is the revolution announced?
Replies: 12
Views: 1532

Re: Vantage kites, is the revolution announced?

I have 2009 kites that I favor over kites half their age. Kite design has evolved, but not changed. This is a big problem for the industry, because it means there is often little compelling reason to update one's kites (apart from heavy wear for the lucky ones) - in that environment cost is biggest ...
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Busted Rib
Replies: 14
Views: 6494

Re: Busted Rib

I had a seat harness break a rib two years ago. Under force and with body twisting when you hit the water, a seat harness can be be an issue. I now wear ION shorts, by far the best harness I have used in 30years of wind sports.
by Jamie-NYC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wash or not wash your kites
Replies: 43
Views: 20901

Re: Wash or not wash your kites

It is likely that whatever municipal water you would use to wash your kite has chlorine in it, and possibly other harmful chemicals. That will ruin your kite pretty quick. I have seen performance Dacron windsurfing sails completely destroyed by municipal water - have never seen issues with Dacron sa...
by Jamie-NYC
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: best SUP for super light wind kiting
Replies: 91
Views: 10903

Re: best SUP for super light wind kiting

It's hard for me to believe this is 15 years old: http://www.mit.edu/~robot/zp/zeroprestige.html Q: How much volume should my board have? A: Way less than you think. It should be light so it doesn't sink and get lost, but that's it. Strange as it sounds, beginners especially benefit from low volume...
by Jamie-NYC
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Website
Replies: 12
Views: 2252

Re: Switch Website

and down again. Not a browser issue. What's going on at Switch? Very recently there have quietly been some major changes, notably Bill Hansen out as designer (always appreciate reading his posts here). Have been looking for info on this forum (only boiler plate at Switch), but not a peep, hmm.
by Jamie-NYC
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Eleveight kites
Replies: 143
Views: 39847

Re: Eleveight kites

To be clear I did not mean to criticize Eleveight, they know their circumstances better than any one else. It may well be that personal relationships with dealers means a more secure launch. But yes, often a website is a better strategy. It's funny that responses to this thought ranged from suggesti...
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Eleveight kites
Replies: 143
Views: 39847

Re: Eleveight kites

Very surprised that they have gone with traditional retail. It's hard to believe that a new kite company would launch in 2017 and go with bricks and mortar for distribution (with smaller kite companies moving away from that model). That may seem more secure in the short run, and may be what the folk...
by Jamie-NYC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Pansh Aurora2 19m with Zeeko Carver
Replies: 15
Views: 2988

Re: Pansh Aurora2 19m with Zeeko Carver

I converted to 2:1 for my A15 18m. Turning speed is still slow - but depower is remarkable. For this reason alone would not go back.

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