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by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: My first kitesurf board! Eps Foam okay ?
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: My first kitesurf board! Eps Foam okay ?

Dimitros, You are not going to save money. Only do it if you think building is fun. Read greenlight surfboard supply guide on line. I build boards for fun and sell a few to locals to pay for my learning. Have a Fb group called TW Surfboards. Ask to join. You can see my work and some steps. Best way ...
by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 76
Views: 18879

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

Another way would be to laminate some ash wood ( used in baseball bats). The bar ends could be integrated. cut out on bandsaw, shape it, Cork grip. Cork leader covers, Be a work of art!
by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 76
Views: 18879

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

What about coarse cork instead of EVA foam? Wonder if that would work. Cork would make a really nice grip. It's used in fishing rods extensively. I tried to find some. You would need 2mm thick or about and wrap it around just like eva. It would look nice. Not sure how long it would last. I checked,...
by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tube vs Softkite - an epic battle?
Replies: 97
Views: 6450

Re: Tube vs Softkite - an epic battle?

Pullstrings, thanks for description. Appreciate the time it takes to explain.
by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Kitech FRS
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: Kitech FRS

Anyone tried the FRS 12m on Hydrofoil? what's the wind range?
by TomW
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: flying a foil kite- tips needed
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: flying a foil kite- tips needed

Classic foil kite flying requires some back stall on the bar to get a sharp turn or a brief boost. Maybe set so when flying kite static at zenith the ideal power is 10 cm from the chicken loop. Also it takes time to develop a feel for where that ideal point is when flying. Pull the bar to the chick...
by TomW
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bird chills out on kite.
Replies: 10
Views: 1038

Re: Bird chills out on kite.

Just remember, conflict with bird watchers is a conflict between 2 groups of humans and their interests. It has nothing to do with kites disturbing birds . That's not supported by any science. On the contrary, there's some evidence that kitesurfing has no impact on birds life.
by TomW
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: flying a foil kite- tips needed
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: flying a foil kite- tips needed

I did a mixer test and adjusted B and C , 20mm and 10mm respectively. Had it up today in 3-4ms on the beach. Hard to tell if it made any difference. But it still backstalls easily with power trim out and bar pulled in. I think I will rig back lines on last rear knot. On the same bar and lines the hy...
by TomW
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maybe I'll get to keep my name after all..
Replies: 37
Views: 3174

Re: Maybe I'll get to keep my name after all..

Normally, you would say that this was all good for the consumer. But I'm not so sure. Poaching talent, disruptiing teams, losing focus on product development, risk aversion,..the list goes on. Change is good, not always, but often, and it usually takes a while to know if it was good or bad. I've bee...
by TomW
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Lecca-Lecca Minima 11m First Flight
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: Lecca-Lecca Minima 11m First Flight

off topic, but about depower: My friend said that he felt the Soul had less de-power, sat deeper in window. That said, he had an hour on it, and has been flying Sonic and Sonic 2 for several years.
So i can imagine there is that variation on kites that sit deeper in window.

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