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by tavis
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: PIQ North Kiteboarding
Replies: 61
Views: 11757

Re: PIQ North Kiteboarding

My PIQ has been working great for about a month. Then, last session, it started over reporting the jumps during the last half of the session. The error was so large that it made me #1 on the world leaderboard. I guess there may be some errors every once in awhile but every jump in the second half of...
by tavis
Sat May 20, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: PIQ North Kiteboarding
Replies: 61
Views: 11757

Re: PIQ North Kiteboarding

First impression of the PIQ from North compared to Woo sensor. The Piq registered 5 more jumps than the woo and report my highest jump to 19.7 ft whereas the woo reported the highest jump at 20.3 ft. The onboard display of the PIQ is really nice although hard to see in the bright sun or while the bo...
by tavis
Thu May 04, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strapless board for a big guy
Replies: 61
Views: 9052

Re: Strapless board for a big guy

The point is that you're not always riding powered when kite "surfing". Sometimes you are drifting and actually surfing the wave and this is when volume matters. ... but because you're not always riding above this threshold volume still matters. LOLStfu. If you're not in planing mode you didn't pick...
by tavis
Thu May 04, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice on choosing an intermediate kite.
Replies: 28
Views: 5842

Re: Advice on choosing an intermediate kite.

I test flew a Union and then decided to buy a 2017 Lithium because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
by tavis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any physics based kiteboarding videos ?
Replies: 1
Views: 504

Any physics based kiteboarding videos ?

I'm been looking for some videos that explain the physics of kiteboarding. Stuff like pendulum, aerodynamics, jumping and all that. I've found a few threads but no videos. I'm thinking it could be done with the video output of the kiteboarding video game as long as the game is based on the physics. ...
by tavis
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strapless board for a big guy
Replies: 61
Views: 9052

Re: Strapless board for a big guy

Volume matters in a surfboard because with more volume the switch from float to plane happens easier (ie. with less force required). If you're on a very low volume surfboard and the wave slows down a bit you slow and sink into the water easily. But with more volume the board can float you a little b...
by tavis
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hotel Recommendation Maui
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: Hotel Recommendation Maui

Closest hotels are also the cheapest. Maui Beach Hotel and Maui Seaside Hotel.
by tavis
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice on choosing an intermediate kite.
Replies: 28
Views: 5842

Advice on choosing an intermediate kite.

Today my 8m Lithium popped on the beach. It's not worth repairing. I have a 6m and 10m Lithium along with an 8m slingshot wave sst. I'm wondering whether it is worth it to possibly replace the 8m with a "high performance all rounder" such as the Union or Neo, etc. I don't currently feel held back by...
by tavis
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What determines how loose a surfboard feels?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: What determines how loose a surfboard feels?

I'm no expert but this is how I understand it. "Looseness" can be defined by how much effort is required to make the board turn. A few things determine this : 1. board length : longer means more angular momentum, requires more force to turn 2. fin configuration : when turning, side fins simply move ...
by tavis
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I don't believe in Flex !
Replies: 43
Views: 5353

Re: I don't believe in Flex !

The forces involved when doing a tight turn or bottom turn are far greater then anything you can simulate with just your body weight. The ability of a board to flex a little and then spring back can mean a lot when riding a wave and doing high force maneuvers. The marketing hype is mostly just hype ...

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