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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby Kevin Salter » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:41 am

Experimental player wrote:Yes.
They are for knob jockeys. :thumb:
Nice fishing EP,,,,,,,,,,,I see you've had a few bites already. To easy :cool2:

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby schmoe » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:25 pm

OK, you don’t like bow kites. What’s your alternative? 5th line is a pretty bad system and no one in his right mind can say it is safer than a high depower kite. I have seen too many torn kites and riders that had to swim back half a mile because of a 5th line around the kite. This is as unsafe as unsafe can be.

Get over it. People like it, you don’t, live and let live.

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby kitegrommet » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:45 pm

I don't see my kites with any sexual orientation.

But if you're looking for a date, try another website!!

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby ian c » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:07 am

OK, you don’t like bow kites. What’s your alternative?
"5th line is a pretty bad system and no one in his right mind can say it is safer than a high depower kite."

Maybe if you are talking about beginner/intermediate that are still out of control sometimes but other wise complete bullshit. I see more high depower kites going out of control with due to bridle tip/bar tangles into deathloops than ever before - and you can't do anything about it except let go of the whole kite because they kiteloop up so high - 5 kiteloops and you cannot even steer the kite anymore at all - you are being taken wherever it takes you - and no teh kite will not hit the water - it stays high.

High depower kites can have a fundamental problem - they offer more wind range but when shit hits the fan in these conditions like above you will be praying you were not stuck to it.

Not such a problem in lighter wind I think though...

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby windmaker » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:35 am

Thinking that kitesurfing is 100% safe is a myth whatever kite you use. It is supposed to be an extreme sport... At the end of the day it is all about skill and common sense and this is where the problems start. Bow kites helped all the other kite designs to become better ( more de-power, wind range etc. ) but also made kitesurfing accessible to wannabe's, people who perhaps should'nt be doing the sport...

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby schmoe » Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:49 am

I recovered bridled kites from any position including inversion with the first bows. Wraps around the bar, wing tip and whatever you want. Never swam back because the kite could not be recovered. Most of them today have protections on the tip that prevent tip tangles and some have very short bridles that simply cannot wrap around the wingtip. Flexifoil high depower kites for example, the bridle is so short it does not reach the tip and the back lines connect directly like C kites.

On the other hand, wrapping around the kite happens not only to beginners, actually the people that I know that consider it a problem are people that do a lot of freestyle and put the kite in the water a lot. They are the guys that have to swim back after they cannot recover the kite when the 5th is around it.

The wrapping problem is inherent problem with the 5th line. Only solution is not to have 5th.

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby Wibbler » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:46 am

@ Ellinas,

:rollgrin: :rollgrin: :rollgrin:

nice one.

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby Jurgen » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:43 pm

schmoe wrote:...swim back after they cannot recover the kite when the 5th is around it.
They should buy a SS Fuel with a wave grenade :D Works for me 8)

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby jmw » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:29 pm

"as gaaay as" your thread title. i didnt know kites had a sexual preference...

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Re: Bow kites are gaaay as

Postby humandrive » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:42 pm

The wave grenade is awesome, you have the 5'th line all the time and if it ever gets wrapped up just clip to the oh shit handle and drop the 5'th.

I've had to do this a few times and never had any problem with it. You can even fly back into the beach and have someone grab the loose 5'th line and reset the system without landing the kite.


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