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by OzBungy
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now
Replies: 103
Views: 4448

Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

It's interesting that the arguments against foiling are almost exactly the same as windsurfers used when kitesurfing first appeared. It's dangerous. It's expensive. I'll get one but only for light winds. Equally interesting is that as foiling moves into windfoiling and surf foiling you get the same ...
by OzBungy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bungee Breaking
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Bungee Breaking

I just dug the broken piece of line and bungee out of the waste bin. The bungee just covers the distance between the sewn portions when at full stretch. That supports the idea that the bungee was too short. I wonder if they have a measurement system when they install the bungee, or whether they simp...
by OzBungy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bungee Breaking
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Bungee Breaking

I have replaced the bungee in my old IDS bars. I don't remember any of the replacements breaking. Maybe it is just a construction detail. The web site I buy line from calls the bungee "premium marine grade". I can't find any discussion of the strength of bungee. I used a simple inline stitch One rel...
by OzBungy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bungee Breaking
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Bungee Breaking

Question. Has anybody ever had a bungee tensioner that lasted the life of the bar? Why do manufacturers use bungee when it is so fragile? I have had numerous bars over the years that had some sort of bungee tensioner on the safety systems. They all break. The current ones lasted barely 20 hours befo...
by OzBungy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles

So I completed my experiment, and short answer, it doesn't work. When riding towards the sun the slit lets in too much sun glare. If you can't wear proper sunglasses then a peaked cap and looking away from the sun works better and is more comfortable. The fundamental idea works in that the slit prov...
by OzBungy
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles

I got some old sunglasses and had a go at cutting slits in the lenses. I hacked into the lenses of some broken glasses and that went ok. I then sacrificed some better glasses with slightly scratched lenses. I tried them out a bit in the shower, and wearing around the house, then took them out for a ...
by OzBungy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: is super light wind the promised land?!
Replies: 73
Views: 4970

Re: is super light wind the promised land?!

In terms of riding quality, there's not a lot of difference between sub-10 knots and 10-12. The water is smooth. You can go pretty fast. It feels great. It's all nice. I find two particularly special things about light wind sessions. One is the fact that you've just had a session and there's no othe...
by OzBungy
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles

Yes all those fashion ones are very amusing. Apparently you can buy stainless steel ones. But, we're constantly searching for something to reduce glare and UV exposure while on the water without losing vision to fogging and smearing. The Lips Typhoons are the best effort so far, but they're very exp...
by OzBungy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Eskimo Style Slit Sun Goggles

Maybe. It might be like a camera. Put a narrow aperture close to your eyes. You have the same field of vision, good depth of field, but reduced light. Wide slits might give decent peripheral vision. You might have to compensate for the slits by moving your head up and down. Maybe multiple slits, or ...
by OzBungy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Fail: Inuit Style Slit Sun Goggles

I am watching a documentary and there are Inuit wearing their slit style goggles to prevent snow blindness. It makes me wonder whether that design would be suitable for water sports. There would be no problems with fogging or smearing. UV and glare and some spray should be reduced. Has anybody tried...

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