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by esg
Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Switch Kites: are they any good?
Replies: 67
Views: 27438

Re: Switch Kites: are they any good?

Thanks for the responses. I think you're right FelixP that the new Nitro will suite my style the most. But in the mean time I got a good deal on a 9m Element and have taken it out a couple times. I did move the depower cleat(as many had suggested) all the way up to the swivel on the center lines(I'm...
by esg
Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Switch Kites: are they any good?
Replies: 67
Views: 27438

Re: Switch Kites: are they any good?

Regarding the Element and new Nitro(--if you were trying to choose between the two). Why would you choose one over the other? I'd use the kite on Maui. Where it's almost always strong and gusty. I rarely unhook. I love to take a TT out in blasting winds and boost as high as possible(throwing some ro...
by esg
Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Switch Kites: are they any good?
Replies: 67
Views: 27438

Re: Switch Kites: are they any good?

Yes, I had the depower rope pulled to the max. I asked the team-rider who I had borrowed the kite from about the stopper-ball, and was told that it could have maybe been moved up another inch at most(because of the clam-cleat). Which would have made little difference. I don't know. I'll take it for ...
by esg
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Switch Kites: are they any good?
Replies: 67
Views: 27438

Re: Switch Kites: are they any good?

I got a chance to demo a 7m Element yesterday. Winds were probably 25-35. I'm 210 pounds. So this is typical 7m conditions for me. The build and quality of the kite and bar is not cheap or cheesy. It looked really good. Just as good as everything else I've seen or ridden. That is really cool. Consid...
by esg
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Switch Kites: are they any good?
Replies: 67
Views: 27438

Switch Kites: are they any good?

I never heard about Switch until reading about them on this forum. Their prices are unbeatable. And honestly, Naish, Cabrinha, North and other kite companies retail prices are almost insulting. But I'd rather pay big dollars for quality. Than save some dough and get a piece of crap. There aren't any...
by esg
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: kite looping on deathride: I drowned, died and come back
Replies: 62
Views: 40669

Re: kite looping on deathride: I drowned, died and come back

That's scary! I'm glad to hear you survived! I thought you were supposed to hook your leash to that loop connected to the back of your harness. Where do you think it would be safer to connect?
by esg
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wilson
Replies: 57
Views: 7739

Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi

Amen. Surfers are some of the biggest nimwits on the planet and I don't want thousands of them to start kitesurfing anyway. I've surfed for nearly 20 years and I don't need other surfers acceptance of me kiteboarding. No matter how much the magazines and videos try to make it look like surfing. Kite...
by esg
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Can a person live in Maui on 20k a year?
Replies: 22
Views: 3782

Re: Can a person live in Maui on 20k a year?

Some of the best times of my life were the first year I moved to Maui. I made probably $9,000 that year. I was single, had no furniture, no TV, slept on the floor, drove a $200 car, had 2 roomates. But I was on the ocean everyday, Partying and meeting new people every night. Hiking, snorkeling, divi...
by esg
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maui Kiteboarding
Replies: 5
Views: 1720

Re: Maui Kiteboarding

I've seen plenty of people kiting there. Especially when it's northerly winds(or even Konas).. Although I never have myself.
If you're a beginner/intermediate I don't think it's going to be your best bet however.
by esg
Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maui 20ft+ waves at Jaws Check it out!
Replies: 15
Views: 2914

Re: Maui 20ft+ waves at Jaws Check it out!

That takes some big balls! But everyone was just getting stretched-out and yanked out the back. The only guy that did anything on the wave was Kai after he got rid of his kite! That was some cool "all natural" tow-in surfing! Is it even possible to make any turns on a giant wave attached to a kite? ...

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