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Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby Dave_5280 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:15 am

Has anyone thought of a way to use a small kite as a wing surfer?

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby elguapo » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:09 am

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby foilholio » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:59 pm

Excellent way to help offset that carbon from all the pro riders too. Side benefit is by not buying a wing surfer their brand may not be able to afford the flights for them in the first place! How sad!

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby juandesooka » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:53 pm

I experimented with modifying a 3m and 5m prodigy for handheld use. Sewed in 2 loops that could hold a sup paddle as a boom. Then tied the outside lines to the center to hold its shape.

In 10kt wind with a sup it worked ok. I was able to slowly go out and come back to starting point. A challenge is the curve of the kite makes it want to rotate, so had to hold the strings to keep it in place. (wings all curve the other way, so they hold steady against the wind)

In higher winds I suspect it could work but I gave up the experiment and bought a proper one. Turns out they need a fair bit of wind (15+) so that no doubt contributed to the middling results.

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby pj sofine » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:08 am

Not yet, maybe after a few more shots to my head or after my foilholio predicted gender change.

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby OzBungy » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:25 am

I think using a kite for wing surfing will not work very will. Wing surfers are flat(ish) and kites are not.

The sewing to modify an old kite into a wing surfer looks pretty straight forward. I think I could do that with not too much trouble.

The complexity for me is removing the centre section of the bladder and joining the two halves. I have seen videos of people welding the bladder. That guy used a vacuum bag welding machine. The link above talks about using Aquaseal. None of those methods inspire me with confidence.

You could keep it as two separate halves but then you would have to fit a new valve in one half and make provision for pumping it up. That sounds complicated.

Anybody successfully modified a bladder without using specialist equipment?

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby Slappysan » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:07 pm

A wing surfer is essentially an upside down kite so you'd have to sew a whole set of handles on the top side of your kite to make it work. Trying to use a kite right side up will be inherently unstable.

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby BWD » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:08 pm

To use the existing LE bladder you can probably trim it from the tips or just roll up the tips carefully and secure to shorten, keeping valve area intact.

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby apollo4000 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:47 pm

...I can see this going full circle....

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Re: Use a kite as a wing surfer?

Postby matth » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:43 pm

Don't bother, there will be a zillion wings on the used market by spring....

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