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by kitezilla
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is this solo launch technique safe? - 5line C-kite
Replies: 25
Views: 2507

Re: Is this solo launch technique safe? - 5line C-kite

I have found the 5th line to be a great tool to aid in self-launching both "C" and Bow kites. I have used 4 different techniques, none of which are "safe", but all of which should be considered "tricks" and practiced first in low, steady wind in shallow water. I never used the technique exactly as y...
by kitezilla
Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Interesting - Injury Stats
Replies: 10
Views: 1169

Re: Interesting - Injury Stats

With "organized" sports like soccer and hockey, there is usually some medical personnel around like a school nurse or team doctor, who is required to file a report on any injury that may occur. With "unorganized" sports like kiting and skiing, there is usually no one, on site, to file such reports. ...
by kitezilla
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mako King-riders pics
Replies: 118
Views: 21024

Re: Mako King-riders pics

Glad to hear that the "King" has not assumed a new moniker. Long live the King!

So now I have to ask....What model Mako is being called the 'Fat Mako'? Is it the same as the 'Mako Wide'?
by kitezilla
Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mako King-riders pics
Replies: 118
Views: 21024

Re: Mako King-riders pics

"Fat Mako"...did I hear you right? The KING has been deposed?

Somebody needs to apologize to somebody...kiteboards have feelings too!

Oh well, off to Jenny Craigs... He's not going to like this...Now I just need to find a messenger to give him the bad news...
by kitezilla
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 283
Views: 28312

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

I am more interested in Rick's appearance on the Jerry Springer show and the reporting of the incident on CNN..."Chair fight between Nobel prize winner and up-start inventor" Sanjay Gupta quipps: "We think of our scientists as being stone-cold rational beings, but occasionally emotions get the best ...
by kitezilla
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 283
Views: 28312

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

I love this comment on the "Wired" blog thread: “Well, it’s all well and good in practice, but it will never work in theory” Ask the poster of this comment if you can use this for the title of your book. I can hear Steven Colbert now: "Nation, and especially, children and students, as you know I rej...
by kitezilla
Mon May 31, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kooky Kook Proofs
Replies: 30
Views: 4144

Re: Kooky Kook Proofs

yeah, got a Naish kite and the pigtails are backwards compared to every other brand out there. Ocean Rodeo Rise kites have a larkshead on the rear bridle. Maybe we should use this as a topic for a survey. I will start: kookproof setups: Knots on back lines: Core Larkshead on back lines Ocean Rodeo ...
by kitezilla
Mon May 31, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kooky Kook Proofs
Replies: 30
Views: 4144

Re: Kooky Kook Proofs

Years ago, this subject was a topic here...and I think most people agreed that having loops on the REAR kite lines was best...the rationale being: Most kites are adjusted for use in different wind speeds by using the knots on the long rear line pigtails, which are connected to the kite. So, having t...
by kitezilla
Thu May 20, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cost of lessons? Why?
Replies: 62
Views: 6471

Re: Cost of lessons? Why?

It seems like learning kitesurfing would be a lot like learning hang gliding, as far as equipment, liability, etc.

Here is a cost comparison of hang gliding lessons:

http://www.oregonhanggliding.com/costs.pdf

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