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by sflinux
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Lets discuss ear protection
Replies: 26
Views: 1652

Re: Lets discuss ear protection

This is the best product I've ever used for ear protection, which I highly recommend: https://www.aquagear.com/barracuda-ear-plugs/ http://www.tyr.com/shop/silicone-molded-ear-plugs.html You can still hear everything fine, it is just when you wipeout, the oversized cap prevents the insert from going...
by sflinux
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How do I get traction on the surface of my Alaia?
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: How do I get traction on the surface of my Alaia?

If you are kiting your alaia, then glassing was a good move. If just surfing the alaia, glassing is not necessary. For my unglassed alaias, I would just seal them with tung oil (or linseed oil if unavailable). Leave the top surface with a rough sand. I would usually oil the board before sessions wit...
by sflinux
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The next big advancement in bars
Replies: 14
Views: 5522

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: 4850

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: 8578

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: 10257

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: 1188

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: 10257

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: 2372

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: 5156

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, ...

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