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by Don Monnot
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Small waves in spring but bigger in autumn
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Small waves in spring but bigger in autumn

There's a huge change in water's viscosity between zero-ish and 20 degrees C. The difference between 10 and 20 is about a 30 percent decrease. This certainly could be a major factor in wave height vs. wind during different seasons of the year.
by Don Monnot
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Small waves in spring but bigger in autumn
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Small waves in spring but bigger in autumn

Never thought about it before, but it makes sense. It also rings true from my observations. Right now we're getting nice wave heights with 20-25 mph wind. In the Spring we don't get those waves with the same wind. Also in the Spring we have some locations where there isn't enough wind to launch a ki...
by Don Monnot
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: omg hilarious
Replies: 10
Views: 2672

Re: omg hilarious

:lol: :lol: :lol: I thought it was the other way around--global winds are getting stronger because butterflies are flapping their wings harder to keep cool!
by Don Monnot
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Poll: Seat or waist harness for learning?
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: Poll: Seat or waist harness for learning?

I agree with the comment about body type. That's probably the primary determinant. Second to that is whether they're a windsurfing convert who has "grown up" using a seat harness or waist harness, or has used a harness for rock climbing, catamaran sailing, etc. Then it's based on what they're used t...
by Don Monnot
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Garmin Fenix
Replies: 28
Views: 8381

Re: Garmin Fenix

I use a Garmin Forerunner 225, and it does what I wanted it to do. HR is pretty accurate if you tighten the wrist strap a lot. I wore it while on a treadmill at my cardiologist visit, and the stats were very close to what they were getting on the EKG. They were impressed at the accuracy. Me too. It'...
by Don Monnot
Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Airush Sector 66 Water Start Difficulty
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re: Airush Sector 66 Water Start Difficulty

I think when learning to use my Sector 60 V1 I grabbed a rear footstrap with one hand and put my front foot in a strap. Then I used toe/heel pressure to bring the board vertical enough to get my back foot in the strap, and away I went. I'm not sure why people are saying it's easier to get going if y...
by Don Monnot
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Landing a good jump help
Replies: 15
Views: 2282

Re: Landing a good jump help

Yup. I'm a 65 year old kid. Not old at all (even though I know only one kiter who's older than me). I do take it a bit easy when I ride, mostly 'cause I want to keep my body young.
by Don Monnot
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Board tracker?
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Board tracker?

I got a Go-Joe after my board took its long trip by itself. It worked well for spotting my board from a distance--didn't need it for help in retrieving the board. The issue with spotting the board when separated from it by a considerable distance was the issue. The board and fins were the same color...
by Don Monnot
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Board tracker?
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Board tracker?

Does anyone make a tracking device that is waterproof enough to put on your board? Something that would be useful in finding a lost board would be really nice for a variety of people and conditions. The technology is clearly there, but is the product? Most of us would have no need of such a thing un...
by Don Monnot
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Illegal Kiting
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Re: Illegal Kiting

I've seen that law, but never heard of anybody trying to enforce it for kiters. There are plenty of kite spots that are well within 5 miles of an airport. I tend to think that "moored" is the operative word that lets us off the hook.

Don

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