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by RalfsB
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Weird knee pain after (only) cold sessions
Replies: 23
Views: 1592

Re: Weird knee pain after (only) cold sessions

I have it in one knee. Long time ago (like 15 years) I had a meniscus trauma in that knee. Now I feel a dull pain in it after cold water sessions.
by RalfsB
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Naish Pivot / Slash or Boxer 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: Naish Pivot / Slash or Boxer 2020

12m Boxer is a great kite: stable, light, turns well, grunty, playful. Have not tried others in this size.
by RalfsB
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Self launching
Replies: 43
Views: 3145

Re: Self launching

I really can't understand the reason for launching unhooked. After that you need to hook in which introduces an element of danger. And it is hard to do with thick gloves in winter. Regarding kite sliding backwards, as previous commentators suggested, you need to walk a bit upwind from where the kite...
by RalfsB
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: landing a gin marabou
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: landing a gin marabou

Yes, the process of launching and landing is the same.
by RalfsB
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 376
Views: 35109

Re: Pocket board building

Tone wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:17 am
thewindego wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:05 pm
One layer of 650g/m2 carbon is plenty tough.
Few years ago I built a pocket board using XPS foam, layup was 2 layers of 200 gram/m2 carbon cloth on the top, one layer on the bottom, additional patches around the built-in KF-box. It was light and strong.
by RalfsB
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 376
Views: 35109

Re: Pocket board building

PrfctChaos wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:02 pm
... I still believe a mix of glass and carbon is worst layup...
For some boards I have used a thin and light glass cloth on the top of carbon so that during sanding I do not damage the carbon layer.
by RalfsB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Can you body drag upwind?
Replies: 16
Views: 908

Re: Can you body drag upwind?

I found that I get a better upwind if I do not try too much upwind. It works better if I point just a narrow angle above the the direction where the kite sits. If the angle is too wide then the body is in the "wing stall angle" and is actually dragged downwind. Kind of like this: http://www.formula1...
by RalfsB
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: First impression of Gong M Pro
Replies: 204
Views: 18972

Re: First impression of Gong M Pro

Peert wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:50 am
Recently the first carbon mast for these surf wings appeared on their webshop. One lenght (70cm I believe) only
100 and 70cm carbon masts. https://www.gong-galaxy.com/en/category ... urfoil-en/
by RalfsB
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Direct mast mount to board? (wooden board build)
Replies: 8
Views: 802

Re: Direct mast mount to board? (wooden board build)

It can be done but then you would be married to that mast forever, can't switch to anything else. It would be better to use some standard (KF box, Deep Tuttle, etc), you can buy adapters for building into boards, then there is way less worry about strength and fractures as well. Also, the standard m...
by RalfsB
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Embedding T nuts for straps, foil?
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Embedding T nuts for straps, foil?

I would also suggest using the standard 5-hole footstrap inserts, they will be mush lighter than metal t-nuts. If you are not planning very frequent footstrap position changes they will work as well. Also much easier to put into your board.

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