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by sflinux
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips

Are you using the same bar with the 11M and 8M? I would use a smaller bar. I'd probably start with a 17" and go down from there. A smaller bar will limit how much you have to depower the kite before the kite will be oversheeted. The 8M probably needs a shorter depower throw too. A shorter depower th...
by sflinux
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: airtimes valves de-laminating
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: airtimes valves de-laminating

Airtime sucks imo, I don't buy used kites that have them. Rubbing alcohol. I usually use a paper towel and gloves. For stubborn jobs, I soak in alcohol.
And sometimes I try soaking in hot water. Get all of that airtime crap off.
Aquaseal for glue, Preferably with stock valves. :thumb:
by sflinux
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Unhooking for big boys!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1266

Re: Unhooking for big boys!!

How wide is your board? Board volume & surface area are also relevant. I find the amount of kite needed is is related to board volume / (surface area). Bigger (wider, more volume, more surface area, etc) board means I can be on a smaller kite. Smaller kite means less strain on the hands/arms. The am...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best hurricane ultra high wind 40 plus knot kite
Replies: 43
Views: 3902

Re: Best hurricane ultra high wind 40 plus knot kite

I have been overpowered on 20M kites (20-30 mph), and overpowered on 9M kites (40-50 mph). Neither is fun. Around here we call that survival kiting. Sure it is doable, but high risk. I am thankful that manufacturers are making small kites (some manufacturers smallest was 9M in 2004). The cool thing ...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: It's about my nipples....
Replies: 28
Views: 1721

Re: It's about my nipples....

+1 Mcnett Aquaseal. Read the instructions and follow explicitly. One tube is enough to fix at least 3 kites. +1 Alcohol to remove old glue (else left over old glue will delaminate causing the valve to leak. I soak a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and rub the bladder/valve until translucent. A litt...
by sflinux
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cutting down lines length for starters
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Cutting down lines length for starters

Short lines make sense to me for smaller kites, standard lines make sense to me for medium kites, and line extensions make sense to me for larger kites. The true test for me is how the kite loops. If it is too difficult to loop the kite (window is too tight), then the lines are too short. If the win...
by sflinux
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: 5m kite recommendation
Replies: 27
Views: 1845

Re: 5m kite recommendation

I just find small kites so fast I have to be concentrating on kite input too much. I only fly small kites infrequently, and am not used to them. The Mono 7 is actually the first 7m kite I like since my old Waroo 7 back in 2005-6. I sold it and then had a Switch Method 7 which was too aggressive. I'...
by sflinux
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: how do I pack down my foil kite for a long swim
Replies: 15
Views: 892

Re: how do I pack down my foil kite for a long swim

When the winds are questionable and I venture far from shore, I like to carry a backpack. Inside I carry a couple dry sacks (with nozzle). I like to roll the foil up and place inside dry sack. If you can compress the foil, this minimizes water getting inside the foil, which will make it very heavy. ...
by sflinux
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Much difference between 10 and 12?
Replies: 15
Views: 2084

Re: Much difference between 10 and 12?

10M is too big for me, I prefer a 9 M. :D I don't care for 12Ms. If I want something bigger than a 9M, I go bigger for extra bottom end, ~ 15M, but then it is no longer about riding waves.
by sflinux
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hindenburg
Replies: 23
Views: 1810

Re: Hindenburg

Another thumbs up for the BRM Cloud, that kite auto corrects itself so that it sits at the edge of the window. For strutted kites, I've found that keeping the kite fully powered, helps keep the kite from doing a hindenburg. Many thanks to TopHat for exemplifying this style of riding :thumb:. If you ...

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