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by tkachuk
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What lightwind kite should I choose for a small rider?
Replies: 55
Views: 3051

Re: What lightwind kite should I choose for a small rider?

The 15m Sonic 2 is a great kite but tough to launch in under 8 knots of wind.
by tkachuk
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The moon is half full in Cape Town again
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: The moon is half full

Best post I have ever read on this or any other kite forum. Thanks for sharing.
by tkachuk
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: summer kite spots near Haliburton (Ontario, Canada)
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: summer kite spots near Haliburton (Ontario, Canada)

Maybe a boat launch from middle of the lake in Haliburton. As previous poster mentioned, those lakes are small with gusty, swirly wind. About 90 minutes SW by car on the east side of Lake Simcoe at Lagoon City or 9th Concession are popular spots for catching the prevailing SW, W and NW winds. Beginn...
by tkachuk
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: oldest looper?
Replies: 12
Views: 1678

oldest looper?

Who is the oldest kiter on this forum that routinely loops for added height on most jumps?
by tkachuk
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?
Replies: 54
Views: 4583

Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

My opinion is that sunglasses are a must for kiting, no matter your latitude or what the weather is. The UV radiation in sunlight cooks your lenses and retinas and without protection, causes cataracts and other nasty conditions. I have a related question. Does anybody think the necklace that comes w...
by tkachuk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kite friendly airline
Replies: 13
Views: 2048

Re: kite friendly airline

Just back yesterday from La Ventana, Mexico. United agent asked me what was actually in my "golf" bag and I replied (like a fool) honestly and replied: "a kite board".
$200 USD charge for one-way flight to Houston! Golf clubs would of been $35.
by tkachuk
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First flatwater experience!
Replies: 12
Views: 1478

Re: First flatwater experience!

Jumping in flat water is so much easier. Take offs more predictable and landings a lot safer. I learned my down loop jibes and jumps from my bad side in obx flat water.
by tkachuk
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Weed now legal in South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 2942

Re: Weed now legal in South Africa

If the wind is howling gusty, temp is down and things look crazy, a spliff puts me on edge as far as organizing my lines and and not fucking up my drift launch. For me, the ganja is best after the session.
by tkachuk
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner kite: Core XR5 or Naish Pivot
Replies: 62
Views: 6533

Re: Beginner kite- Core XR5 or Naish Pivot

Avoid the light wind (LW) XR kites, (15m and bigger) as your first kite since these have less durable canopies than many other comparable kites. After four years of beach self-launches, tomahawks and lots of UV exposure, my 15m XR4 LW started to disintegrate so much that I could poke holes thru the ...
by tkachuk
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Your worst kitesurf injury ?
Replies: 105
Views: 12951

Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Maybe an unhooked launch would of prevented my recent short deathloop up the beach. Intermediate older safety-conscious kiter, done over a 1000 launches without mishap. This happened during a regular assisted launch with a 20 knot directly onshore steady wind. During launch, a large balled up knot, ...

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