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by Herman
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Attachment point on board deck
Replies: 21
Views: 494

Re: Attachment point on board deck

Imho a fin based attachment has a place. If the wind drops out on reasonably flat water a quick and easy way to swim in is to go down to the kite on one line leaving your board attached to your flag line by a fin based attachment. You can then swim the kite in with lines trailing with the option of ...
by Herman
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Full face helmet for foiling?
Replies: 44
Views: 2271

Re: Full face helmet for foiling?

My helmets are many years old and I have Gath gedi and Gecko surf helmet. I prefer the Gecko for the water and use ski goggles if I want eye protection with it. Imho it might be worth your while checking out Gecko as well as Gath. My gedi design is a bit of a bucket which is ok if you are just cruis...
by Herman
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: soul pulling to one side
Replies: 33
Views: 1143

Re: soul pulling to one side

Flag 53 I have used Ronstan shock blocs as the single pulley on LEIs. They are very light and I was dubious to start with, expecting the adonised layer to wear and then corrode out. There is some signs of wear but they have been on for two years and still functioning well. I have bought SS equivalen...
by Herman
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha overdrive 1x tuning
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Cabrinha overdrive 1x tuning

Hello all, I'm very new to kitesurfing and I bought an 11m Switchblade with the 1x overdrive bar. I've noticed the kite can be slow to respond to inputs from the bar and it's quite sluggish, it also struggles to pull me up on the board. I also noticed the kite responds slightly better when kiting t...
by Herman
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Heavy rider equipment
Replies: 33
Views: 971

Re: Heavy rider equipment

At 100kg, ignore winds below 15kn on a TT, especially as a learner. Take it from me, it's just frustrating for us larger humans. Yep I agree with Blackend! It is so much easier to learn to ride when properly powered. Trouble is you have to get the brain to accept that it is a good idea to tie yours...
by Herman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha overdrive 1x tuning
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Cabrinha overdrive 1x tuning

Learn how to identify the full trim/sheeting range available for your kite and understand how it effects the way the kite flys. Simplistically, this range is trim out and sheeted in for start of backstall to trim in and sheeted out to the point where the rear steering lines do not have enough tensio...
by Herman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Heavy rider equipment
Replies: 33
Views: 971

Re: Heavy rider equipment

The attached chart may be useful. It would not be out of place for a big guy to learn with a 17m imho but a two kite quiver would give you more TOW which is, arguably, the most important thing. A 17 paired with a 12 would cover all the beginner friendly range. If you start with a 14 you will have mo...
by Herman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Heavy rider equipment
Replies: 33
Views: 971

Re: Heavy rider equipment

The attached chart may be useful. It would not be out of place for a big guy to learn with a 17m imho but a two kite quiver would give you more TOW which is, arguably, the most important thing.
by Herman
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiteboarding with a kidney transplant?
Replies: 34
Views: 1054

Re: Kiteboarding with a kidney transplant?

I am not qualified to comment regarding the kidney but at your age I would recommend that you look into kite buggy as an introduction to kite sports. This would allow you to learn the kite skills at much lower risk. You would then be able to judge for yourself whether you would be able to handle the...
by Herman
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Help! How to repair a cracked foil wing?
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Help! How to repair a cracked foil wing?

I would do the same as SWO. The only thing I would add is get the wing nice and warm first and then do the repair in a cool room. This way as the cavity within the wing cools it will suck resin into the crack. If you do it the other way round it will probably blow bubbles at you.

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