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by Flyboy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: NYPD divers rescue stranded kitesurfer in Queens
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: NYPD divers rescue stranded kitesurfer in Queens

I've been "rescued" many times. one time I was ice kiting out on the lake where I live and I went inside my apartment to make a peanut butter sandwich and chicken soup so I ate that came back outside and saw six fire trucks rescue operations police and all the sirens for going and I wondered what w...
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: NYPD divers rescue stranded kitesurfer in Queens
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: NYPD divers rescue stranded kitesurfer in Queens

Monday night quarter back comments, were was his safety knife? Why did't he roll up his lines to not get tangled in them, And why did he kook out in the first place? Did he have a Vhf radio and or cell phone with him. etc etc etc. I'm curious how many people carry a safety knife? How many have ever...
by Flyboy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strapless board for small waves and light wind.
Replies: 28
Views: 1306

Re: Strapless board for small waves and light wind.

I have a 4'10" x 18" custom board. It is fairly thin & not particularly light. It is very quick to plane, although not as quick as something like a (much bigger) North Nugget, because it has an unusually flat rocker line & fairly hard rails at the back end of the board. Windsurf boards that are desi...
by Flyboy
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bags for foils
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Bags for foils

Just an observation: similar to the lack of practicality of heavy "backpacks" for storing & transporting kites, the large bags for containing (disassembled) foils don't seem particularly useful. If you want to keep your foil assembled, or partially disassembled in your vehicle, individual covers for...
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

"Ideal wing size for learning?" A really good question, as it is not that simple. A small wing does not pop up easily, when you push too much, which you WILL do as a beginner, so here the smaller wings are "safer" in order to remain on the surface so to speak, and learn the initial basics and contr...
by Flyboy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

I reckon the easiest would be the middle ground - around 1000cm2, a foil with a low takeoff speed, but not aggressive lift, reasonably thin profile. That was my conclusion, which is why I bought the Gong foil with a 1000cm wing. I was a bit taken aback with how aggressively it pops up compared to t...
by Flyboy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

Unless I missed something What you have missed is that I am talking about teaching someone else from scratch. Having gone through the initial process of learning (on a smaller wing), I'm familiar with the "keep trying". I have no doubt that I'll adjust to the bigger wing. The question I'm asking is...
by Flyboy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

bigtone667 wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:45 pm


you probably just need time.
I'm sure you're right, but I'm a bit puzzled how to get my weight far enough forward (on a 3'6" DWC).

However ... the initial question is: if you were teaching someone from scratch these days, what size wing would you want to start them on?
by Flyboy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

Just move it back 3-4” If that doesnt work move it another inch. A big wing that self limits the speed at which you crash is the best thing to have for learning/teaching. Smaller wings for learning only if you are into sadomasochism. I moved the wing back a couple of inches from where I use it with...
by Flyboy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ideal wing size for learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 907

Re: Ideal wing size for learning?

try to move the mast back till you find the balance Good idea! However, in practice, where I kite I have onshore winds, waves, sandbars, OR side shore winds & deep water but a super-sketchy, complicated, solo launch & landing ... & now increasingly colder air & water, so getting in & out of the wat...

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