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Short Lines with surfboard

Postby Wbrussow » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:10 am

Does anybody have any experience with riding short lines and a surfboard? I am thinking of making my second bar 10m. I am hoping beach access will be much easier since we often have little beaches here at high tide. Thinking it will open up more launch options, in less crowded spaces.

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Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Postby irwe » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:35 am

I know Dimetri M (Epic Kites) rides surfboard and 15 m lines. I don't know anyone on 10 m lines

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Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Postby longwhitecloud » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:58 am

buffer zone.. i have ridden v short lines in v high winds - i would still keep quite a buffer zone - i have been catapulted by 10m lines (25-30 knots+?) - overall on c kites anyway - little to no change of death loops tho - just hits the ground

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Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Postby Herman » Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:41 pm

Probably doable but would become buzzy with small kites. I use 12m flying lines onto normal length leaders on a 10m kite for landboarding, that soon feels ok when you start riding and you can still surface loop if you make room and fully committ.

I don't have the experience to say 10m lines would not be fun on the water, but I think it is probably pushing the limit. However, that is just a guess because I have never gone that short on water. Having a set of 2-5m extensions to hand would make me feel more confident about trying to go that short.

I would be interested how in how it turns out for you if you give it a try.
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Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Postby BWD » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:31 pm

I remember video of neil hutchinson looping fuels on 10m-ish lines in FL 15(?) years ago, in a shorebreak I think. Looked a little crazy, more circus/rodeo than aerobatic.
Respect the gnar factor of that slammage, but personally would want 15+.
Normally I ride in 10-20, with 20-25m lines.

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Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Postby Balloonboy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:46 pm

Ignoring the problem shorter lines creates in terms of social distancing, 10m is too short IMO but try them and see what you think. YMMV.
15m is the shortest I ride with and like them depending on the conditions. But with a small kite its like having a flea on a thread.

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