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Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby jerry_f360 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:23 am

I bought a12m 2007 LF HAvoc couple months ago, and tried to flying with it in a aroune 25 knots wind couples times already, and i dont have any success. once i fly the kite up to the 12 oclock, the kite either flying down (no power) just collapse , or flying behind me and then come back down to the floor, just wondering if there is any problem or what
Thanks for anyone can help

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby BullsShit.com » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:36 am

Do you have the original bar and lines which belong to the kite?
Sounds like your setup is way off.

check with LF and their specific line length etc.
Some kites don't work at all if the bar is not the correct one.

Also, the 12 o clock position is not a safe way to test the kite.
Keep it at 10 or lower. Gusty winds will bring your kite down, or fly over your head and then crash etc.
12 o clock is an old training method and dangerous.

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby schmoe » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:16 am

25 knots for a 12m is a lot (guessing you are average weight). I suggest you do your experiments at much lighter wind until you figure out all the technical problems.

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby Windrider » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:58 pm

I agree that 25 knots is high for a 12m. When they list a wind range, it includes the gust factor! It doesn't mean that the high end of the stated wind range is good for the average wind that day, because then the gusts will be way over the top end of the kite, and it will certainly act weird. 25 knots is almost 28 mph. Also, many manufacturers show a exaggerated high or low end because they want their numbers to cover a pro as well as a "regular" kiter.

Maybe your kite is doing you a favor and saving your life by refusing to fly in that wind.

If it does the same thing in the 16-22 knots range, then definitely check your rigging and tuning 'cause something's off.

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby tweekster » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:07 pm

25 knots is more like 31 mph. :thumb:

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby rocket528 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:17 pm

Take a lesson

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby dooooood » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:01 pm

sounds like your line lengths are wrong, check the bar and lines to make sure they are set up correctly. also if its a second hand kite check to make sure there are no repairs from the previous owner that may have messed with the shape of the kite. also i respectfully disagree with Bullshit.com, the 12 o'clock position was considered dangerous with the older kites that used to luff and fall out the sky when left at 12 too long or brought up to 12 too fast. an 07' Havoc should have no problems sitting at 12, its the best way to check that your bar is tuned correctly.

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby Windrider » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:13 am

tweekster wrote:25 knots is more like 31 mph. :thumb:
It's 28.7mph, it just feels like 31!
http://www.disastercenter.com/convert.htm

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby jerry_f360 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:01 am

Thank you all the relpy,
my kite is brand new , it comes with the original bar (55cm).
i have took the lession already with different 12 meters kite, i can do it on the board, but since i bought that kite, i m never even do a proper body drag.
need more help

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Re: Kiteboarding Beginner needs help

Postby 20 m or bust » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:34 am

Get with some local kiters to help you tune the thing before you kill urself.


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