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by sflinux
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Explain bar pressure please
Replies: 22
Views: 5052

Re: Explain bar pressure please

I think of bar pressure as a relative term. If you oversheet a kite, the bar pressure will go up. This is because the steering line(s) is holding more of the force of the kite, relative to the front lines (center of bar). On most kites (i.e. c-kites), if you move the steering attachment away from th...
by sflinux
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wainman Smoke owners, I need your help
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: Wainman Smoke owners, I need your help

I had a similar problem with a gypsy. I would recommend contacting WH. If memory serves I was able to get the measurements from someone that works there. They may be able to sell you a replacement bridle as well. I only have gen.1, so I can't help. I only fly my Rabbits with the direct bridle. I rec...
by sflinux
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: My elbows hurt like hell :(
Replies: 31
Views: 6057

Re: My elbows hurt like hell :(

windyway wrote:
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:52 pm
1. Fly kites with very light bar pressure.
:thumb:
Fly a different kite.
I got the pain in one elbow after trying to learn to ride unhooked. A lot of kites can have excessive bar pressure if the kite is oversheeted. Make sure your kite is in tune. My recommendation is a pulley bar. :hut:
by sflinux
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do I need to do lock stitching on a brummel splice?
Replies: 40
Views: 6237

Re: Do I need to do lock stitching on a brummel splice??

Personally I don't use a brummel splice. For a permananent knot, I do a single bury and stitch. For an adjustable knot, I do a zacher knot (originally shared on foilzone). It is like a normal single bury, but has a long tail, that you do a knot after it comes out of the bury, then tuck the tail afte...
by sflinux
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips
Replies: 10
Views: 3284

Re: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips

Are you using the same bar with the 11M and 8M? I would use a smaller bar. I'd probably start with a 17" and go down from there. A smaller bar will limit how much you have to depower the kite before the kite will be oversheeted. The 8M probably needs a shorter depower throw too. A shorter depower th...
by sflinux
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: airtimes valves de-laminating
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: airtimes valves de-laminating

Airtime sucks imo, I don't buy used kites that have them. Rubbing alcohol. I usually use a paper towel and gloves. For stubborn jobs, I soak in alcohol.
And sometimes I try soaking in hot water. Get all of that airtime crap off.
Aquaseal for glue, Preferably with stock valves. :thumb:
by sflinux
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Unhooking for big boys!!
Replies: 23
Views: 2965

Re: Unhooking for big boys!!

How wide is your board? Board volume & surface area are also relevant. I find the amount of kite needed is is related to board volume / (surface area). Bigger (wider, more volume, more surface area, etc) board means I can be on a smaller kite. Smaller kite means less strain on the hands/arms. The am...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best hurricane ultra high wind 40 plus knot kite
Replies: 45
Views: 8281

Re: Best hurricane ultra high wind 40 plus knot kite

I have been overpowered on 20M kites (20-30 mph), and overpowered on 9M kites (40-50 mph). Neither is fun. Around here we call that survival kiting. Sure it is doable, but high risk. I am thankful that manufacturers are making small kites (some manufacturers smallest was 9M in 2004). The cool thing ...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: It's about my nipples....
Replies: 30
Views: 5400

Re: It's about my nipples....

+1 Mcnett Aquaseal. Read the instructions and follow explicitly. One tube is enough to fix at least 3 kites. +1 Alcohol to remove old glue (else left over old glue will delaminate causing the valve to leak. I soak a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and rub the bladder/valve until translucent. A litt...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cutting down lines length for starters
Replies: 8
Views: 3084

Re: Cutting down lines length for starters

Short lines make sense to me for smaller kites, standard lines make sense to me for medium kites, and line extensions make sense to me for larger kites. The true test for me is how the kite loops. If it is too difficult to loop the kite (window is too tight), then the lines are too short. If the win...

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