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by RalfsB
Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Genetrix kites deserve more exposure..
Replies: 20
Views: 12800

Re: Genetrix kites deserve more exposure..

Tried friend's 14m Hydra once, but was not impressed at that time, maybe I just did not figure something out. I felt very underpowered in comparison to 14m Evo. The kite was easily overflying and falling down. I did not like the velcro depower adjustment system.
by RalfsB
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's the ultimate lightwind board? Poll
Replies: 16
Views: 16056

Re: What's the ultimate lightwind board? ----POLL-----

kakanala wrote:Any serious, recent design, racing directional performs better in the lightest winds than any of the boards mentioned above.
Yes, a raceboard.
by RalfsB
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Trouble with self landing
Replies: 42
Views: 4654

Re: Trouble with self landing

Ralfs by the sound of it has a center line that divides a little way up into a Y. So needs to walk up a little before he pulls the top front line. What's your solutions then? I don't know, then it might be harder. I have had 5-line kites where one simply pulls the 5th line or 4 line kites where bot...
by RalfsB
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Race board care tips
Replies: 9
Views: 2343

Re: Race board care tips

I am not sure how much boardbags are needed and if fins need to be removed, especially if one is not traveling long distances but is more or less going to the local beach. I can imagine there could be a fast-flying stone in the air, picked up by a truck, that could hit the board or a fin, but does i...
by RalfsB
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Trouble with self landing
Replies: 42
Views: 4654

Re: Trouble with self landing

I usually set the kite down at the edge, walk up both center lines, then switch to the top center line and pull it over. Lower the kite slowly at the edge of window, have your hand on the upper center line, keep bar depowered. As the wingtip touches the ground, pull hard by the upper center line so...
by RalfsB
Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Looking for some race-board / light-wind board advice
Replies: 8
Views: 3080

Re: Looking for some race-board / light-wind board advice

I am pretty happy with Naish Venturi (the big one, 190cm). It took me several sessions to understand how to get on it and start riding, but now I can ride comfortably and it does not feel 'technical'. Still can't do tacks and jibes.
by RalfsB
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 5 line kites...are they any good???
Replies: 12
Views: 12252

Re: 5 line kites...are they any good???

My experience with North's 5 line system: - Had some cases where 5th line wrapped around an inverted kite and it is harder to recover than same situation with 4 line kite, but never felt that there is a danger of cutting the kite with 5th line - Safety system, if activated, can be re-assembled on wa...
by RalfsB
Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Paying full retail $ for LW (8 knots low end) which of the 2
Replies: 17
Views: 2013

Re: Paying full retail $ for LW (8 knots low end) which of t

If we are talking about lower-cost alternatives to Speed, I checked that there is a 21m Zeeko Notus. Has anybody seen it, weighted it or tried it? My rationale is if it is the same size as Speed and if weight is not much different, its low-wind flying capabilities should be roughly the same.
by RalfsB
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Real Cabrinha Vector 9m2 wind rage in light wind?
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Real Cabrinha Vector 9m2 wind rage in light wind?

I ride with cabrinha switchblade 3 10m2 in ~6m/s (board 135x41) But in cabrinha wind rage chart you can ride on ~7,5m/s same like cabrinha vector 9m2 2012. Possible ride with vector 9m2 in 6m/s I cant to try now. A 9m2 kite for 6m/s sounds very, very underpowered; in those conditions I would rather...
by RalfsB
Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Upgrade, big Rebel to ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Upgrade, big Rebel to ?

It seems that there is a balance to be found between a larger kite with a heavier structure versus a slightly smaller size which compensates for its lack of surface area by lessened mass. The latest trend is towards the latter I suspect ..... The proportion kite area/kite's mass is one of the facto...

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