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by Hugh2
Thu May 15, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Unhooking in waves
Replies: 37
Views: 5115

Re: Unhooking in waves

Both of the videos show guys riding without the dongle, or whatever it is called, that helps keep the chicken loop on the spreader bar hook. Ben is more specific about it, showing clearly that he unhooks by simply pressing down on the chicken loop with both thumbs. So is this typical for guys wantin...
by Hugh2
Fri May 02, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kahoona+ vs vector 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 858

Re: kahoona+ vs vector 2013

I have ridden a 9.5 Kahoona, but I own a 7.5, and I own a 12m Vector, so not a direct comparison. I'd say go for the Kahoona, it launches a little easier.
by Hugh2
Fri May 02, 2014 5:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the hook in the twerkin video?
Replies: 19
Views: 3286

What is the hook in the twerkin video?

Check out Jason Roper at 2:43, seems he has his inside power lines hooked into a line on his harness, instead of a chicken loop hooked to the harness. Is this to allow greater lateral movement? No emergency release, and no leash?
by Hugh2
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Namibia
Replies: 9
Views: 4333

Re: Fatality in South Africa

Sad to hear. Just a minor correction to the topic title, since 1994, Walvis Bay has been re-integrated into Namibia.
by Hugh2
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: small wave kite = storm kite?
Replies: 34
Views: 4931

Re: small wave kite = storm kite?

piccio, and anyone else, next time you are in Cape Town drop by the Best shop on the waterfront at Bloubergstand. They will let you demo their 5, 6, and 7m Cabos. I have the 6m, and use it for waves in the strong SEaster in Cape Town, and as my "storm kite" elsewhere. The owner, Shawn, has a 7m that...
by Hugh2
Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Where to go in April? Dakhla, Caribbean or something else?
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: Where to go in April? Dakhla, Caribbean or something els

Many US kiters go to Cape Hatteras in late spring (our midwest group goes each year for a week in late April). Perfect for learners and advanced, as the former can stay in the shallow flat sound while the latter can get in the ocean most days. Works on almost any wind direction, and if you are there...
by Hugh2
Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice on Wind in Cabarete
Replies: 8
Views: 1718

Re: Advice on Wind in Cabarete

We had the same experience in April, I believe the same year. Someone said it was an El Nino year. I would not risk it again, especially since some think an El Nino is building again now.
by Hugh2
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Kite-surfing
Replies: 4
Views: 3839

Re: Kite-surfing splendor with KiteKahunas in Cape Town

Yes, something fishy here. Firstly, there is no way a beginner can handle a 9m kite in 35 knots. That is territory for Andries Fourie. I've been kiting for 8 years and I go down to a 6m when it maxs out at that wind strength in Cape Town. Second, as noted above, the beach at Sunset Beach is not suit...
by Hugh2
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling in South Africa
Replies: 15
Views: 2258

Re: Foiling in South Africa

Wish I had seen you all, those SW mornings during the summer are generally useless for kitesurfing along Table Bay, so I either go sailing or hiking, and kite later once the SEaster fills in.
by Hugh2
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Moving the rear strap forward on a directional
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: Moving the rear strap forward on a directional

Thanks for the responses, and Peter, you have pegged me right. I grew up on the beach, but sadly never learned to surf, so now at the age of 58 I'm trying to learn with a kite. And indeed "grandma" turns best describe my attempts at cutbacks. I think I will stick with the forward placement of the re...

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