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by sflinux
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite maintenance - tropical climate
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Kite maintenance - tropical climate

Thanks for the glue recommendations. For canopy uv protection, I use a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. I spray, then roll the kite. My favorite 2005 kites still look brand new. When using sail tape, I find it welds better if you rest a folded piece of paper over the tape, then apply a cloth...
by sflinux
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Why does nobody make narrow boards anymore?
Replies: 28
Views: 1531

Re: Why does nobody make narrow boards anymore?

The Ocean Rodeo Mako is on the narrow edge of the spectrum: 135 x 37 {Aspect ratio = 3.65} 140 x 40 {Aspect ratio = 3.5} It is not my favorite board for landing jumps, but is great for carving at speed, especially under powered conditions. A wider board has a lower planing speed (speed required to g...
by sflinux
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New bar grip
Replies: 34
Views: 1976

Re: New bar grip

+1 for hockey tape
by sflinux
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Key or other old kites?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Slingshot Key or other old kites?

Unless you are flying in a spot where kite failure could lead to drowning (currents), old kites are fine. The 10M Royal Era is a classic, fly that kite, replace the lines that go through pulleys when they get worn. If you have the first year ERA, keep an eye on the leading edge seam, as the it wasn'...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: minor leader adjustments with knots
Replies: 7
Views: 404

Re: minor leader adjustments with knots

Be careful with knots and/or pigtails that will go through safety flag-out lines. I like to make the lines near my bar as clean as possible. I make kook-proof pigtails for the ends of all of my flying lines using 7/64" amsteel (overhand knot on a bite, with a loop on one side, knot on other). You co...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should I repair or leave?
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Should I repair or leave?

I would use Tear Aid. Clean the bladder with rubbing alcohol. Freeze the patch of tear-aid in the freezer, prior to use. This will give you more working time before the patch sets. Never overinflate (pressurize) a bladder outside a kite, as they'll get hernias. In addition, you could make a sleeve f...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Using LEI kites on land
Replies: 20
Views: 1311

Re: Using LEI kites on land

I would buy a trainer kite. Then start looking for places to fly it. If there is asphalt, you can ride a skateboard. If dirt/sand/grass, then you will need something like a landboard, dirtsurfer, or buggy. Wear a helmet. Foil or LEI shouldn't make a difference, with the exception that LEIs are more ...
by sflinux
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Dpower line material
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Dpower line material

I like using amsteel. In my experience, amsteel lasts much much longer if you bury the entire line into itself by using a fid. If you don't, the line is hollow and the fibers will wear prematurely.
by sflinux
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Full face helmet for foiling?
Replies: 44
Views: 2674

Re: Full face helmet for foiling?

A local guy started wearing one of these after taking the foil to the face (looks sweet).
https://www.outdoorplay.com/WRSI-Moment ... ace-Helmet
I found a used lacrosse helmet which does the trick. Rust has not been an issue.
by sflinux
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bridle Mod Old Slingshot Octane?
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: Bridle Mod Old Slingshot Octane?

Hi, Usually what happens is pulleylines that go through a pulley, shrink with time. I would guess that the pulleyline has shrunk about 10 cm. You could email slingshot to ask for the bridle lengths for that kite. You can add a pigtail on the leading edge side to extend the pulleyline. Usually, I fli...

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