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by Herman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner getting back into kitesurfing
Replies: 8
Views: 371

Re: Beginner getting back into kitesurfing

^^ +1 for the comments on the Chicken loop. Can do things to help it with tape if you understand the engineering but it was not a great unit imho.
by Herman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner getting back into kitesurfing
Replies: 8
Views: 371

Re: Beginner getting back into kitesurfing

I would say your gear is probably fine to resume with. I was using a Kahoona just a couple of days ago. Inspect the chicken loop to make sure it is working ok and the bar. Do an even length line check and flying line inspection. My experience with the 7.5 tells me that the Kahoona is a fairly backst...
by Herman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: tack on the snow
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: tack on the snow

If you want to avoid the need for a loop and stay close to the wind try pulling fairly hard with the old backhand immediately after the kite crosses Z.
by Herman
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downloops on surfboard
Replies: 35
Views: 1538

Re: Downloops on surfboard

Just to clarify my previous post regarding pushing with the slack hand. This not only speeds up the loop it will also tightens it and reduces the power. Use this coupled with the radius of the carve to control line tension. If you sheet in and fully fishpole, much of the kite is stalled and you can ...
by Herman
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mini 5th - the joy of...
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Mini 5th - the joy of...

I enjoyed Matteo V's analysis of the swings and roundabouts of the MF and SFLS, only thing I would add is the MF takes the V split farther away which makes the light wind relaunch by opposite front and rear line more awkward. Edt's point is a good reminder of what is the most important function of t...
by Herman
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downloops on surfboard
Replies: 35
Views: 1538

Re: Downloops on surfboard

Could also have mentioned that you may have the kite low and carving too late. This results in a lot of tension that fires you into the turn pulling you off the edge making you run towards the kite. As previously mentioned having the kite high and looping hard will help. However carving towards the ...
by Herman
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downloops on surfboard
Replies: 35
Views: 1538

Re: Downloops on surfboard

Practice will naturally help as long as it is thoughtful. Being positive with the bar is a must, to speed up a loop push with the slack hand as well as pull harder. As ever timing and kite prepositioning is important and there are no set rules. You can just follow the kite; it sounds like this is wh...
by Herman
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mini 5th - the joy of...
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Mini 5th - the joy of...

Couple of days ago I broke the center lines at the normal bar wear point just above the chicken loop on an old Best Mini 5th style bar. The trim was all out and the flag line fairly taught when the break occurred. The flag line on these is a sturdy 3mm line and I barely felt the break. It was no pro...
by Herman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Relaunch Trim
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: Relaunch Trim

My LEIs are not suited to reverse launch and l would not even try to reverse launch them in deep water. Even if I am standing it takes less energy and less risk to just roll them on their back and do the opposite front and rear line control, or just rear if powered. With my LEI kites reverse launchi...
by Herman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Relaunch Trim
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Relaunch Trim

If I have any sort of awkward relaunch I instinctively pull in some trim in order to make the kite keener to fly. Sometimes the launch can be expedited by a judicious center line pull etc. Even if I am going for a reverse launch I pull in some trim, yes it means you have to pull in more leader to ge...

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