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by sflinux
Tue Oct 25, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Almost kitemare
Replies: 48
Views: 4905

It seems like a lot of problems happen near shore. I think if people start feeling overpowered, best to crash the kite at the edge of the window (at least 2 kite lengths from shore). Then after crashing the kite, unhook from the chicken loop (or pull the safety) to release the bar and hopefully depo...
by sflinux
Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 30 feet up in a tree
Replies: 51
Views: 6266

Just to clarify, I consider lofting and being overpowerd as two different things. You can get launched by being overpowered in a gust. But to me, true lofting is a phenomenon generating by dark cumulus clouds where the wind is moving straight up, instead of horizontal. The winds will actually move h...
by sflinux
Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bow kite to replace 16m
Replies: 2
Views: 481

If you are riding a 16M, that is a low wind kite. I say go with a 16M bow kite. You'll get a little more bottom end (like an 18M), and also have a little more top end (like a 14M). We have many bows at our local spot. They don't seem to be any better than traditional kites in terms of light winds. T...
by sflinux
Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: onshore winds? here an example why it should be avoided....
Replies: 46
Views: 6426

The only problem I see is that he was riding too close to shore. Lofting, overpowered, coming off his edge, on shore winds.. he would have been fine if all this happened when he was still in the water with an adequate buffer (2 line lengths). Bottom line is, don't ride too close to shore and keep a ...
by sflinux
Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 70% lighter than what?
Replies: 57
Views: 5395

Thanks for the post. Best is referring to the canopy which uses cuben fiber instead of chikara, or other nylon/polyester fabrics. It is stronger and lighter. The problem is the bladders are the majority of the weight of lei kites. You've just showed that a reduction of 70% of the canopy weight mean ...
by sflinux
Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how to make a skim board?
Replies: 11
Views: 2631

You can find dimensions of boards at: I just do the shape by eye, tracing with a pencil. You just want something that looks like a fish. I cut mine with a jigsaw. I would use 1/2" plywood with no rocker. If you want a temporary (short lived) board you ca...
by sflinux
Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strongwindkite (~7 bft)
Replies: 3
Views: 775

high wind kite

You may consider getting something smaller like a 6M if you want a lei kite. I know North makes 6M kites. I used to have 2001 ~6.5M CO2 and it was great in nuking winds, especially if you use a big board when underpowered. I now use a 9M flat (5.6M projected) peter lynn guerilla as my high wind kite...
by sflinux
Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Big Nasa Wings 32sq for extreme light winds under 5 knots
Replies: 18
Views: 2844


There is a new version of the NPW that Fredrik has been working on. It has a larger wind window and is called the Teega. He has heard of someone being lofted on a 32 sq m kite in what felt like no wind. A fella named Paul made a 25M npw9b but was overpowered in 2 mph winds. Fredrik recommends someth...

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