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by sflinux
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The next big advancement in bars
Replies: 14
Views: 5441

Re: The next big advancement in bars

Or you can just use a pulleybar. :thumb: Early kite bars had the depowerloopline go on the outside of the bar. I believe most people prefer the "feel" of a line going through the bar as it is less obtrusive. Some Peter Lynn flyers did not have the depowerloopline attached to the bar at all, called t...
by sflinux
Mon May 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Build Your Own Bridle Lines
Replies: 8
Views: 4640

Re: Build Your Own Bridle Lines

I agree with Jake to replace bridles in pairs. I don't prestretch bridle line, but measure them under load. I like to stitch one side and do a zacher knot (adjustable) on the other end. I agree that bridle lines shrink over time. Using a zacher knot gives some adjustment. https://ericedttaylor.wordp...
by sflinux
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?
Replies: 42
Views: 8493

Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Post 2001 kites last quite long. My most used old kite is a 7M 2004 SS Fuel (I love c-kites). Also have a 2002 flysurver psycho1 that I use for light winds. My average kite is probably 2008. Most 2005 kites were just so good, I never saw the need to go newer, especially since c-kites were no longer ...
by sflinux
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: best SUP for super light wind kiting
Replies: 91
Views: 10165

Re: best SUP for super light wind kiting

Would you say it is harder to SUK than light wind TT? The main difference between SUK and light wind TT is you can go upwind much earlier. Deep water start is much harder on a SUK than a TT. When the winds shut down, I much prefer the paddle back with the volume of a SUP to a TT. If you want more f...
by sflinux
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendations for a cheap kite?
Replies: 4
Views: 1180

Re: Recommendations for a cheap kite?

I like c-kites too, nothing wrong with them (I still actively fly them: pulleybar, frickenloop, etc). Get another c-kite (2005 or newer) if you can find one. Sizes 7M and 9M are fun. If you still have your Wainman, make sure you fly them on the single bridle setting (front pigtail closest to tailing...
by sflinux
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: best SUP for super light wind kiting
Replies: 91
Views: 10165

Re: best SUP for super light wind kiting

I like to pack a SUP for the super light days. If the winds never hold steady over 5 mph, than I just stand up paddleboard before the winds pick up (as opposed to getting skunked). Sure hydrofoils start early, but I find that a SUP with kite I can start just as early. I see the benefit of the SUP as...
by sflinux
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: True C kites 14 meters
Replies: 30
Views: 2358

Re: True C kites 14 meters

I like to keep the center chord length about the same for my quiver of kites. To make the kite bigger or smaller, adjust the aspect ratio. For small kites, I go a larger aspect ratio. For large kites, a high aspect ratio. If you try to keep the aspect ratio fixed for a quiver of kites, you will find...
by sflinux
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pulleys on kites
Replies: 65
Views: 5009

Re: Pulleys on kites

IMO pulleys on kites are a comprimise. Why? A kite without a pulley on the leading edge bridle may not be able to do a traditional water relaunch. A kite without a pulley on the steering lines, may not be able to do a reverse relaunch. I prefer kites without pulleys, especially on the leading edge, ...
by sflinux
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite collapsing on itself during down loop !
Replies: 23
Views: 2266

Re: Kite collapsing on itself during down loop !

My two cents: 1) The bar is too long (over sheeted). If you sheet in and the behavior goes away that would confirm that the kite is oversheeted. In that case, find a smaller bar for your 8M/6M. For e.x. 40-45 cm. 2) Pump the kite up rock hard. Most SLE kites are pretty flat, so a lot of force can be...
by sflinux
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which helmet?
Replies: 29
Views: 4909

Re: Which helmet?

I have the older gath convertable. I liked it when I first got it, mainly for the spf protection. As the visor aged, I could no longer ride full faced due to scratches on the lense, and would ride with it like a visor. For reference, I have used the Protec Ace Wake. Sizing is comparable. For me, if ...

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