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by Herman
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tuning the Flysurfer Boost v1 9m? Flutter issue.
Replies: 16
Views: 1309

Re: Tuning the Flysurfer Boost v1 9m? Flutter issue.

Interestingly I have recently been surprised a couple of times by the amount of shrinkage I have encountered. Oddly enough the most I found was a discrepancy of ~34cms where the brake lines on a blade had apparently shrunk more than the fronts. The kite had been loned to me by friend who is a good k...
by Herman
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: We filmed a kite beach for 8 hours ... crashes
Replies: 29
Views: 1827

Re: We filmed a kite beach for 8 hours ... crashes

Regis I agree with your analysis. Some of the kites I fly just don't like to be pulled down off a tip (they flip back too easily when they get near the horizontal) and if I am going to land that way I have to be flying them across and down and then pull the top front line hard to stall and prevent i...
by Herman
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: North wam 6' delaminate
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: North wam 6' delaminate

I have not studied the vids so I am not exactly sure what you are doing but I thought this little tip may be appropriate. When you start a delam type of repair have the board warm and let it cool as you proceed, this way it will suck resin in. If, for example, you did the opposite say bring it into ...
by Herman
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Video: Police guide distressed kiteboarder back to shore
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Video: Police guide distressed kiteboarder back to shore

What happens when the rescue boat is adjacent to the kite is influenced by helmsman's skill and relative drift rates. A few years back I did some experimentation for boat launching and was surprised at how much slower the kite drifted than the small rib I was using. I have not used jetski for rescue...
by Herman
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Video: Police guide distressed kiteboarder back to shore
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Video: Police guide distressed kiteboarder back to shore

If you are on a rescue vessel the method you should choose to rescue is often dictated by wind direction/speed in relation to the direction of the rescue root. For example if you can just head up wind or start into wind and arc round to create sufficient apparent head wind there is no need to packdo...
by Herman
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately

57palawandan I could have also mentioned that you can check the stability margin you have in the overhead position by doing a stability test. But don't do this unless you fully understand the risks and remedies for a kite luffing into a Hindenburg. Plus make sure you have plenty of room and your fla...
by Herman
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately

57palawadan Just a further thought. I learnt many years ago on C kites that were prone to Hindenburg and so had a bit of a phobia about letting the kite get to far over head. However it is a good thing to get comfortable with the kite flying (not necessarily sitting) through this overhead position a...
by Herman
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: My foil kite seems to fly too far overhead lately

57palawandan I found it interesting that you did not mention where the trim strap was when you described the overshooting feeling. Trim makes a big difference to foils but it takes a bit of practice to get your head round it after years of lei. For instance if you are "depowering" when you get back ...
by Herman
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: When you swim in with your foil kite in the winter and it's soaked.
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: When you swim in with your foil kite in the winter and it's soaked.

I rely on the fly it a bit approach, but I have known a guy who set up a small poly tunnel and dehumidifier in his barn. Not sure how long it took to dry a kite, perhaps somebody can comment on this approach!
by Herman
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Standalone ChickenLoop QuickRelease?
Replies: 68
Views: 2632

Re: Standalone ChickenLoop QuickRelease?

Neat customisation Faklord. Thanks for the photo and info. I can certainly put up with the slight issues you highlighted if Ozone keep it in their inventory at the right price. Latch releases are cheap and compact but I don't like the ergonomic considerations that I feel are necessary to avoid the p...

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