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by RadDrDuke
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoiling in 10 knots - Is it that hard?
Replies: 41
Views: 2798

Re: Hydrofoiling in 10 knots - Is it that hard?

10 knots is fine foiling conditions. Of course the lulls can absolutely destroy you if they drop too low in these conditions.
9m Ultra and Cloud 9 s24 (LF Impulse) and you are good to go. I ride those exact conditions at least twice a week.
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendation on cold weather kiteboarding gloves
Replies: 93
Views: 32031

Re: Recommendation on cold weather kiteboarding gloves

Rip curl flashbomb mittens. Insanely warm, gaskets, fuzz, etc. I have ridden in 32 degree water and 20 degree air with these and warm fingers. Forearms wear out though because they are made for surfing.
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Introducing the IQR from Airush
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Introducing the IQR from Airush

Not game-changing or really that innovative but seems like a very nice modern QR/chickenloop package.
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Apple Watch Band
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: Apple Watch Band

I have the velcro band and it's awesome, even if the velcro comes undone it still is a big loop and won't just fall off, although I've never had the velcro come undone and I've surfed/kited/lived with it for a few years now. My brother in law has the CarterJet brand NATO style band from amazon (~$25...
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hit a dolphin
Replies: 21
Views: 1865

Re: Hit a dolphin

I almost hit a manatee the other day with my foil, at least it's better than a boat prop!
by RadDrDuke
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Single strut kite comparison
Replies: 51
Views: 3898

Re: Single strut kite comparison

Just get the Airush Ultra, it's a superb kite. Don't worry about relaunch, if it falls out of the sky then it is physically impossible to relaunch a kite. i've flown my 9m probably 100 sessions including lots of super-marginal foil sessions and dropped it maybe twice. It just doesn't fall out of the...
by RadDrDuke
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: what is the best thing to do at each wind speed?
Replies: 48
Views: 2039

Re: what is the best thing to do at each wind speed?

0-8 knots: Surf, paddleboard, mountainbike, fishing, golfing, boating.
8-17 knots: kite hydrofoil
13-17 knots: kite w/skim or surfboard if waves (otherwise still foiling)
16-30 knots: TT boosting
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How much wind can a single strut handle
Replies: 15
Views: 836

Re: How much wind can a single strut handle

I ride my 9m ultra in 30knots on a TT regularly, it's flies fine. Doesn't boost as well as a regular kite though.
by RadDrDuke
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting in Florida
Replies: 17
Views: 1267

Re: Kiting in Florida

Go ride Dania Beach pier if you can handle the drive up there, that's where I ride when I'm in that area apart from Crandon
by RadDrDuke
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Frustrated with an NV in lightish wind and foiling, am I just bad?
Replies: 53
Views: 2744

Re: Frustrated with an NV in lightish wind and foiling, am I just bad?

I live in Florida (light air) and only own a single kite: Airush Ultra 9m. As long as the lulls are over 8knots I can go have a blast foiling. Mid teens is surfboard, High teens to 30 is TT or surfboard. The problem with bigger kites (ie. 12m) is that they are heavy and slow, with a hydrofoil you ju...

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