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by GregK
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 337
Views: 153091

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

When air leaking through a tiny hole in a kite bladder forms an air bubble in water on the outside of the bladder, it must overcome both the water pressure on the outside of the bladder and the surface tension of that water. Water is about 1,000 times denser than air, so submerging a bladder in a wa...
by GregK
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Light wind inflatable kite
Replies: 23
Views: 3168

Re: Light wind inflatable kite

DeanM wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:15 am
... To me flying high in the air is the true kiteboarding ... 😊
You may find that in light wind with straps or foot hooks on a foilboard you can jump a lot higher than with a twin tip :

by GregK
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Two quite quiver?
Replies: 11
Views: 1383

Re: Two quite quiver?

What board(s) do you ride ?

If you get a lot of 6 - 10 knots, I'd say a hydrofoil board would be the ticket.
by GregK
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Flite sizing
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: Flite sizing

One important safety caution - if locking out your Flites, make sure to use a bar that flags out to a single front line when the chicken loop is released.

Don't use an older OR bar that flags out to both front lines, because locking out the pulleys disables the roll-over bridle function.
by GregK
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Picking out a good Control Bar
Replies: 8
Views: 929

Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Slickest bar IMO is the Ocean Rodeo Stickshift, now just called the Shift - https://oceanrodeo.com/product/shift/
by GregK
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 337
Views: 153091

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Yes, fixturing methods originally developed for welding patches of new bladder film to severely damaged kite bladders also to work well for the application of large TearAid patches. Here's a recent example of a welded patch of new film applied over the edge seam of a blown-out LE bladder https://img...
by GregK
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Time for more stoke stories.
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: Time for more stoke stories.

Riding my foil board is really starting to click for me - made two foot switches on foil last time I was out, pretty stoked about that.
by GregK
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cloud Kites A Caution
Replies: 28
Views: 2854

Re: Cloud Kites A Caution

I've owned 6 and 8m C1 Clouds for many years, still using them and really enjoy them now for foiling. Adjusted the bridles to remove 4 of the 6 stainless sliders / pulleys that came on the original bridle, that's the only significant work I've done to mine. The durability of these kites is superb. M...
by GregK
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 337
Views: 153091

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

And using a string to pull the tip of the LE bladder back into the kite will frequently lead to twists and repeating the installation. Better to attach the tip of the bladder to a narrow thin flat object like a 12 or 18 inch ruler and use it to feed the bladder tip in access zipper to wingtip( hold ...
by GregK
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
Replies: 337
Views: 153091

Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

How to repair a Kite Bladder: What the video did not cover : when you observe a leak ( see bubbles ), you will want to mark that spot as often the hole is practically invisible, and without a mark, you may not patch the right spot. Marking, usually done with a permanent marker, will require drying ...

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