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by sflinux
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bomb proof kiteboard
Replies: 18
Views: 3374

Re: Bomb proof kiteboard

1/2" Baltic birch with North Gambler outline.
by sflinux
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: new design era / Peter Stiewe
Replies: 15
Views: 5534

Re: new design era / Peter Stiewe

EH :thumb:
by sflinux
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: front wing finish
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: front wing finish

Paint is not necessary. Paint can actually slow down the hydrofoil's speed. That is what I heard back in the day with airchair hydrofoils, unfinished was faster.
Would you care to share the detailed specs of your build with others?
by sflinux
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Biggest kite for a surfboard?
Replies: 29
Views: 4219

Re: Biggest kite for a surfboard?

I still use big kites from time to time. I prefer to use a 9M as my biggest kite in waves, but when that isn't enough, I welcome the power of a much bigger kite. I am getting away from using 12M kites anymore and do the 9M/~15M jump instead. In big kites, depower is overrated, turning speed is key. ...
by sflinux
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stupid question - what does overpowered feel like?
Replies: 62
Views: 7637

Re: Stupid question - what does overpowered feel like?

Overpowered to me is dependent on the board I am riding: No board: If I can no longer keep my feet on the ground Twintip: When my back starts screaming and I can no longer go upwind, or hold my edge, having to jump (downwind) to spill power. I no longer have the balls to do megaloops. Surfboard: Whe...
by sflinux
Wed May 31, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leading Edge repair
Replies: 4
Views: 1785

Re: Leading Edge repair

If you can stick your hand inside the kite and reach the tear: I would put Dacron tape on the inside and Tear-Aid on the outside. IMO Dacron tape needs stitches to keep it from delaminating on the outside. Tear-Air will balloon out alone, so tough Dacron tape is needed to support the pressure of the...
by sflinux
Tue May 30, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Line length question/observation
Replies: 16
Views: 2446

Re: Line length question/observation

You didn't mention what size Cloud you were riding. (12M/17M)? I carry multiple bars with different line lengths. I prefer to match bar length and line length with the size of the kite. I like running short lines for ~5M kites which helps to smooth out the gusty conditions. I like running normal lin...
by sflinux
Fri May 19, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard
Replies: 25
Views: 3477

Re: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard

Low tide = no foiling for me. When it is left in the car, I leave it covered. When the wind direction or magnitude make it difficult to stay upwind or get off the beach with a conventional shortboard, I opt for finless boards, or a longboard/SUP. I don't get to choose the days I ride based on favora...
by sflinux
Tue May 02, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Only Significant Advance in Kiteboarding in the past Decade is Foilboards.
Replies: 31
Views: 4788

Re: The Only Significant Advance in Kiteboarding in the past Decade is Foilboards.

The Rush Randle foilboard that I ride is from 2002. In terms of racing, I agree that the newer hydrofoils are a significant advance. I am still a fan and prefer the feel of classic c-kites (2004-2008) to sles (never cared for the waroo). I still haven't tried a strutless kite though. I am thankful f...
by sflinux
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Sharpie Marker removel on kite
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: Sharpie Marker removel on kite

Normally alcohol removes Sharpie, so it may be a different brand marker.
http://www.ehow.com/list_6757295_solven ... rkers.html

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