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by Hugh2
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Offshore windshift ---> Lost Kite
Replies: 47
Views: 4805

Re: Offshore windshift ---> Lost Kite

So I have actually done this, sort of. I wrote it up for KiteForum a few years ago, but briefly, was riding in sideshore conditions doing long gybes in and out on a downwinder and my 16m old Bularoo lost the main valve somewhat less than a mile offshore. I coiled up my lines and released the kite (I...
by Hugh2
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Kiteboarding Travel Guide: Langebaan South Africa
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Kiteboarding Travel Guide: Langebaan South Africa

That's pretty well done, not much to find fault with. Personally I find Langebaan boring now, just flat water, but 10 years ago it helped me get comfortable in Cape Town. I usually go up there for one or two days each season for a change of pace and to visit the West Coast National Park that the lag...
by Hugh2
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wingsurfing - Intel - forum topic?
Replies: 136
Views: 9490

Re: Wingsurfing - Intel - forum topic?

Back in the early 1980's a friend in Madison, Wisconsin made a canvas on bamboo "kite" like this for wind-driven ice skating with racing skates, it was a lot of fun.

Naish version

by Hugh2
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North kiteboarding 2020
Replies: 57
Views: 12631

Re: North kiteboarding 2020

Makes no sense for an "old North" kiter to go to "new North" just because of the name (and by the way, Lowell North himself died last week - https://www.sail-world.com/news/218186/Remembering-Lowell-North), but I could understand going to third brand either because of price or disgust. I still find ...
by Hugh2
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Crack in spreader bar - still OK?
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: Crack in spreader bar - still OK?

Agreed, toss it. I had the hook on my bar break off at the welds, not fun! Luckily not in the middle of a big jump.
by Hugh2
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: If you had to re-buy all your kites tomorrow, what would you get?
Replies: 38
Views: 3241

Re: If you had to re-buy all your kites tomorrow, what would you get?

Well, after 15 years of kiting it is hard to get exciting about one particular model. They all ride the same to me, or, at least, good windy conditions make much more of the difference than a particular kite brand/model. Therefore, I would just go for the lowest fire sale I could see on the web. I'...
by Hugh2
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Megaloop Challenge 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 3314

Re: Megaloop Challenge 2019

The camera team needs a solid spanking ... Yup, constantly focusing on riders coming back in working upwind instead of looking for the next upwind rider about to launch, despite repeated requests from Lewis Crathern, no coordination there. I presume it is actually the director that is at fault, bec...
by Hugh2
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Megaloop Challenge 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 3314

Re: Megaloop Challenge 2019

Hard to understand what they are waiting for, surely windy enough! Maybe Holland enforces a 1 hour lunch break?!!
by Hugh2
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Megaloop Challenge 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 3314

Re: Megaloop Challenge 2019

Round 3 about to start, hopefully. Looks windy enough! Pity about the crappy wave conditions compared with Cape Town.
by Hugh2
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Megaloop Challenge 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 3314

Re: Megaloop Challenge 2019

Awesome final boardoff megaloop by Nick at the last second takes him through to Round 3.

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