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by RichardM
Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kitesurfers' Holiday Card
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Kitesurfers' Holiday Card

Please feel free to copy the attached card for any non-commercial purpose.

Richard M.
Malibu Kitesurfing - since 2002
(310) - 430 - KITE (5483)
http://www.MalibuKitesurfing.NET
kfRichard@MalibuKitesurfing.NET
by RichardM
Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: All included kite school for IKO certification
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: All included kite school for IKO certification

Satan is exactly correct. All certification programs are jokes. This would not be an issue except that all the programs I know of are expensive. Anyone reasonably familiar with kitesurfing knows that conditions and other factors are too variable to be able to have a meaningful "certification". For e...
by RichardM
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Harness that Doesn't Suck
Replies: 26
Views: 2181

Re: Harness that Doesn't Suck - what about a knife?

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned whether any of the described harnesses come with a hook knife. I consider this a major plus in a harness. Unless you have a way of attaching one or two knives somewhere else, such as on your wet suit, it is a VERY good idea to have at LEAST one knife located w...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 36
Views: 12143

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

In order to avoid the pitfalls associated with quick releases, some people advocate launching and sometimes landing unhooked. Although at first glance, this seems eminently sensible, there are some severe potential problems associated with this technique. Before discussing these downsides, it should...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 39
Views: 27507

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

In order to avoid the pitfalls associated with quick releases, some people advocate launching and sometimes landing unhooked. Although at first glance, this seems eminently sensible, there are some severe potential problems associated with this technique. Before discussing these downsides, it should...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 36
Views: 12143

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

doublerumandcoke suggests "Launching and landing with 1 hand on the release and one hand in the centre of the bar is 1 step closer and 1 step safer than thinking about it. Leave your board, pick it up when you are unhooked from your kite." I agree about leaving the board. However, there is a potenti...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 39
Views: 27507

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

doublerumandcoke suggests "Launching and landing with 1 hand on the release and one hand in the centre of the bar is 1 step closer and 1 step safer than thinking about it. Leave your board, pick it up when you are unhooked from your kite." I agree about leaving the board. However, there is a potenti...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 36
Views: 12143

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

Kudos to Fred for an excellent thread with many great contibutions. As noted in many of the posts, it is a good idea to practice activating your quick release both on land and in the water as well as tensioned and untensioned. The expression "He who hesitates is lost" sounds like it was coined for k...
by RichardM
Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!
Replies: 39
Views: 27507

Re: Safety Release Reflex (SRR) please read!

Kudos to Fred for an excellent thread with many great contributions. As noted in many of the posts, it is a good idea to practice activating your quick release both on land and in the water as well as tensioned and untensioned. The expression " He who hesitates is lost" sounds like it was coined for...
by RichardM
Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: ACCIDENT DETAILS - WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS
Replies: 59
Views: 42617

Many thanks to the injured rider for allowing photographic publication of his injuries and description of his accident. Although there is some downside to these types of threads, the benefits far outweigh the potential negatives. I operate a kitesurfing school in Los Angeles and Ventura counties of ...

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