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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:28 pm

What drsurf and jumptheshark said :thumb:

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Flyboy » Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:24 am

OK. Reattached the rear line which had been the most obvious problem, but could not for the life of me figure out how to fix the front line part of the bridle. It definitely looks "different from the other side. Anyhow, I thought it might not make much difference to the way the kite flies ... so I took it to the beach & fired it up. From the ground I could not see anything wrong with it - looked the same as the other side & seemed to fly fine.

Had a very nice 2 hour session riding way outside the craziness of Kite Beach (in spite of Covid there are still a lot of kiters here). Came in and asked one of the peeps to land me. Asked him to hold the windward tip, but he obviously knew what he was doing & laid the kite down parallel to the wind direction. I folded over the windward tip & sanded it & put my helmet on the LE for a bit of extra weight. It sat there quite nicely for another hour.

Decided to go for another session. Launched the kite by pulling it up from the sand so that it side launched. Went up OK, but some seaweed held the flying lines together, so brought it down so someone could clear the weeds. Went into the water, looped the kite a couple of times to get going ... & something snapped! Turns out one of the front flying lines broke. No idea why, but as I had spent a lot of time riding a kilometre or more offshore, I was grateful it didn't break while I was out there. Kind of freaky - I haven had a line break in years.

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby merl » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:57 am

Looks like we could do with a separate "foil kite noobs" thread - almost none of this recent stuff is specific to the peak 4 (but will soon be impossible to find for those who actually need it).

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby lederhosen » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:30 am

merl wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:57 am
Looks like we could do with a separate "foil kite noobs" thread - almost none of this recent stuff is specific to the peak 4 (but will soon be impossible to find for those who actually need it).
Some kind of wiki sheet would be good, so people who are interested in this kite dont have to read through 199 pages of repeating questions like “is it good for light wind”, “what size to get first” or “does it jump”.
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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Horst Sergio » Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:58 pm

@lederhosen:
Wiki is already nearly done, just have a few more days patience.
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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Flyboy » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:02 pm

Yeah - the Peak4 thread is a bit of an "outlier" in terms of ... volume. But helping noobs is one of the most useful aspects of the kite forum. A summary of collective wisdom courtesy of Horst would be really useful!

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Oldman_Dave » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:00 pm

Flyboys your experience sounds similar to mine in some ways. Since flying peaks I've had a line snap, a line extension splice give way, and a rope slider snap, all leading to swims. All firsts in 20 years of kiting.

Definitely don't go 1km off shore unless you have the time and energy to get back in the daylight. Kite mates, an EPIRB/plb or a backpack with fins are all options. I bought the latter for kiting a particular River mouth on a run out tide.

Specifically regarding your snapped line, was it right near the pig tail? If so have a really good check of your bridle. After mine I noticed that my Z bridle line on the same side was nearly worn through. I had to replace it from flysurfer for $25. My theory is that being new to bridles I flew it with at twist and the 2 lines sawed each other until one snapped.

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby Flyboy » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:23 pm

Oldman_Dave wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:00 pm
Flyboys your experience sounds similar to mine in some ways. Since flying peaks I've had a line snap, a line extension splice give way, and a rope slider snap, all leading to swims. All firsts in 20 years of kiting.

Definitely don't go 1km off shore unless you have the time and energy to get back in the daylight. Kite mates, an EPIRB/plb or a backpack with fins are all options. I bought the latter for kiting a particular River mouth on a run out tide.

Specifically regarding your snapped line, was it right near the pig tail? If so have a really good check of your bridle. After mine I noticed that my Z bridle line on the same side was nearly worn through. I had to replace it from flysurfer for $25. My theory is that being new to bridles I flew it with at twist and the 2 lines sawed each other until one snapped.
I don't know that it's related in any way to the Peaks. I really think it's just possible that the line was worn & finally gave way. It was an older bar with older lines that I used in preference to a much newer Naish bar that has obvious wear on the loop that attaches to the depower line due to a poor design choice. I've replaced the line that broke with an extra heavy duty line set.

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Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Postby jumptheshark » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:25 am

Dude!

He makes a pretty good point.

I have had the kite roll through its lines before and it flies with zero issues but I still correct that shit before the next outing.

You kinda just said you gave up on untangling and just popped it up. It flew fine, you know, for a kite your unfamiliar with then a line snapped a couple hours in.

I would not rest until I knew the bridle was spec.


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