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by papasmerf
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: dry suit repair question
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: dry suit repair question

I have the mental facilities of a 6 year old so I know more than most 5 year olds. there is really only one solution,, and that is to send it to GregK and do what he recommends. I recently had same situation, got my old Ocean Rodeo drysuit out and the neck seal and ankle seal were not good. I called...
by papasmerf
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Surfer's eye - pterygium
Replies: 10
Views: 547

Re: Surfer's eye - pterygium

Hey guys, Apparently having "pterygium" also known as surfer's eye is pretty common and the recommendation made my ophthalmologists is to wear sunnies while kiting. However, I've always lost my sunnies and to be honest I dont know how safe it is to wear even a pair that is well strapped if you do h...
by papasmerf
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil Attachments
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Foil Attachments

Is there a standard for foil bases to fit on boards? Are the four bolts the same dimensions? I have a North Board and a North Sonar Foil. This has four screw holes in the board not the track. Will my foil fit on a board with the US track boxes? yes, it will, i have had the north sonar foil on a dwa...
by papasmerf
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Benefits of small double skin foil kites for freeride hydrofoil?
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Benefits of small double skin foil kites for freeride hydrofoil?

I've owned a few big foil kites (11m and 13m Chrono V3 Ultralight) and the benefit for light wind hydrofoil is obvious compared with LEI kites. With smaller size foil kites such as 5m and 7m the benefits are less obvious to me as any kite will fly well in 15+knots required for these kites. I'm inte...
by papasmerf
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Next Slingshot UFO/Ghost Kite Generation
Replies: 8
Views: 852

Re: Next Slingshot UFO/Ghost Kite Generation

Hi - I tried the UFO. Thinking about getting a 7. If I am worried about self landing it - seemed impossible - should I go with a 1 srtut kite instead? i personally think self landing is the easy part, self launching in gusty shifty conditions using a tether is not working so good for me. might have...
by papasmerf
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: surprising development with booties, need windproof type
Replies: 12
Views: 865

Re: surprising development with booties, need windproof type

I dont know how much of your current booties which are "not smooth". But really warm and good feel is the 6.5 mm Atan Hot Mistral: https://www.24-7boardsports.com/atan-hot-mistral-6-5mm-winter-wetsuit-surf-boot/ I only use the 3 mm ones, all winter - awesome barefoot feel, but the sole is of course...
by papasmerf
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: surprising development with booties, need windproof type
Replies: 12
Views: 865

Re: surprising development with booties, need windproof type

I dont know how much of your current booties which are "not smooth". But really warm and good feel is the 6.5 mm Atan Hot Mistral: https://www.24-7boardsports.com/atan-hot-mistral-6-5mm-winter-wetsuit-surf-boot/ I only use the 3 mm ones, all winter - awesome barefoot feel, but the sole is of course...
by papasmerf
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: surprising development with booties, need windproof type
Replies: 12
Views: 865

surprising development with booties, need windproof type

coming across an unexpected problem with my booties while hydrofoiling. i got some nice new booties, 5mm,,, more than warm enough for me but when hydrofoiling, i noticed as soon as i water start, the fact that i am up in the air and going 15 mph into the already 15+ mph wind,, the water that is in t...
by papasmerf
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: semi-drysuit questions and other brands
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: semi-drysuit questions and other brands

so i have had around 15 sessions with the kokatat drysuit. its become one of my favorite pieces of equipment. the get in/out ease, comfort/mobility, the fact that i dont have to run to a shower to warm up, the warmth on the water, no worry to dry it fast enough for tomorrow. wow. gloves are the onl...
by papasmerf
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: line knife or hook knife, slightly bigger one recommendations
Replies: 51
Views: 2289

Re: line knife or hook knife, slightly bigger one recommendations

Rare as hens teeth ;) And my buddy does 60 sesh a month. Thats 1200 HF sessions for 2 years, give or take. Never used it. I've used mine. Saved my life. Please provide some context. How would you know? Imho we can only speculate about death since no one died and come back. For example, this was the...

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