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by gdorfman
Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:19 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Seaweed kitemare
Replies: 19
Views: 3055

i have kited near huge kelp beds. freaked me out--you just get one strand of that on a line and it's all over. if it's windy, it could be extremely dangerous. it's also bad when you get caught riding into a kelp bed by accident and then dont have enough room to get upwind of it... i have seen 100ft ...
by gdorfman
Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how can we ride 40-50 mph in only 20-25 mph of wind?
Replies: 340
Views: 39650

it will get wound up eventually anyways, just have a brief slackening period first... it should be able to glide through it Kiteboard, I like your diagram, but I think there's one error. Assuming the wind is moving from left to right, the rope would have to attach to the opposite side of the hub so ...
by gdorfman
Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how can we ride 40-50 mph in only 20-25 mph of wind?
Replies: 340
Views: 39650

I did my empirical test on the spokes. I had visualized that top/bottom mattered for forward/reverse, but it’s actually front half/rear half. Anywhere you push on the spokes in front of the axel will make it go forward. This would be a good test question somewhere. Anyways, I agree with you. If you ...
by gdorfman
Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how can we ride 40-50 mph in only 20-25 mph of wind?
Replies: 340
Views: 39650

i have reviewed #1, and i believe the sails must be on the top spokes, not the bottom ones. otherwise it will go backwards and upwind. this is not complicated. are you trying to trick me? given that, the top spokes actually have less apparent wind even than the cart, and will hit a headwind first. i...
by gdorfman
Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how can we ride 40-50 mph in only 20-25 mph of wind?
Replies: 340
Views: 39650

i wrote my reply before i saw your latest. i was also thinking of conventional vessels, not your creative ones. however, to respond to your ideas in order: #1: i don't believe this works, due to my point that the apparent wind will be from directly ahead, not behind. all you're doing here is using m...
by gdorfman
Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: how can we ride 40-50 mph in only 20-25 mph of wind?
Replies: 340
Views: 39650

i would say that apparent wind is both an effect of and cause of vessel speed. it's a virtuous circle. i don't see anything inconsistent about that. i agree that ice sailors are the ones who by far must have the most practical experience with these phenomena. there are also skiff sailors for whom th...
by gdorfman
Wed May 31, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Security release: waroo and death spirals
Replies: 116
Views: 20250

as the subject of this photo, i can say that this is an amusing exageration of the wind. it was gusting to 35, maybe 40. it was equal to a windy maui day, no more, no less. i actually used my grab handle that night to land in the water by myself. i attached a leash to the top handle, put the kite ab...
by gdorfman
Fri May 26, 2006 11:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: shortening lines
Replies: 2
Views: 450

shortening lines

is there any way to safely shorten normal (not q line) flying lines, say from 25 to 20M, without going to a professional sewing shop?
by gdorfman
Thu May 11, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: freeloading surfers
Replies: 15
Views: 2618

yeah, i also hate seeing snowboarders rip vertical first descents in alaska. much better to see a bunch of mediocres hiking their backyard bunny hill in the midwest.
by gdorfman
Tue May 09, 2006 4:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: simple adjustable on the fly stopper ball
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

the lines run freely enough for the trim system? pretty cool, simple solution if it works perfectly.

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