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by OzBungy
Mon May 21, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Upwind Rotations
Replies: 0
Views: 506

Upwind Rotations

I see Øyvind and others doing upwind rotations, seemingly at will with no apparent speed or kite power involved. How does that happen? If I try that I end up doing a carving 360 (with varying degrees of success), or just stop dead. I can do quite tight downwind turns, but there is pull from the kite...
by OzBungy
Sat May 12, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?
Replies: 33
Views: 10758

Re: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?

I have made calls from the Apple Watch using Siri. It works but it's hard to do when flying a kite. I guess in a proper emergency then you wouldn't be flying the kite. You'd be sitting there wishing to get rescued. In that case you could push the SOS button. It would make sense to have an emergency ...
by OzBungy
Fri May 11, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?
Replies: 33
Views: 10758

Re: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?

I have an Apple watch series 2. My partner can track me on it. I can call emergency services. I have made calls while kiting, just to try it out. It's not perfect but it's better than nothing. You need to make sure your battery is fully charged before a session. It's hard to work the touch screen wi...
by OzBungy
Sat May 05, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice
Replies: 79
Views: 25552

Re: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice

I just did a Brummel splice experiment where I measured a 50cm length of 2mm Dyneema under 5kg tension. The measuring device was a length of timber (a fence post) with a nail to attach the loop to, and the 50cm length marked with a steel rule. The actual Brummel splice bit can be measured accurately...
by OzBungy
Sat May 05, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice
Replies: 79
Views: 25552

Re: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice

Sorry, running the line back and forth through does absolutely nothing useful. If you hold the rope around the buried section and pull the loop the bury pulls straight out. Back and forth does make a little bit of a splice, similar to doing a bury, but it doesn't lock anything ... and it looks ugly....
by OzBungy
Fri May 04, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's the dumbest thing you have seen a newbie do?
Replies: 54
Views: 19560

Re: What's the dumbest thing you have seen a newbie do?

1. Newbie with ragged out Fuel. Underinflated. Rigged it with the kite upwind of him. Started pulling the bar and wondering why the kite would not take off. 2. Most common for post newbies. Don't steer the kite from launch. It drifts into power zone. Newbie pulls bar in with all his might. Face plan...
by OzBungy
Thu May 03, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone try the LiP Sunglasses (is Zeiss worth the extra $) ?
Replies: 21
Views: 8228

Re: Anyone try the LiP Sunglasses (is Zeiss worth the extra $) ?

I use Seaspecs (or similar, obviously made in the same factory). After each time I use them I rinse them with diluted washing up liquid. Then just before I next use them I use Oceanic anti-fog spray. I tie the strap to a loop around my neck so that if they come off I don't lose them. Works for me. ...
by OzBungy
Thu May 03, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone try the LiP Sunglasses (is Zeiss worth the extra $) ?
Replies: 21
Views: 8228

Re: Anyone try the LiP Sunglasses (is Zeiss worth the extra $) ?

If you rely on a headband you will lose your glasses. I have even had glasses come off from under a helmet (seriously not a fan of helmets). The only way to be certain you won't lose your glasses is to leash them. I have used the zip puller for the wetsuit, which works ok. It's a pain when your glas...
by OzBungy
Wed May 02, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice
Replies: 79
Views: 25552

Re: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice

... It is possible to make accurate spliced lengths without adjustments. You need to prestretch the line, then use accurate pen makes, using the edge of the pen mark. ... It might be possible to mark lines to make two the same length (ie. follow the same procedure exactly). I don't think it is poss...
by OzBungy
Wed May 02, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice
Replies: 79
Views: 25552

Re: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice

In the paragliding world the manufacturers recommend 5kg for thin bridle lines, and 10kg for thick main lines. In reality, when you stretch the line it gives quite easily at first then stops stretching. You can get an idea of what that tension is. I used to use a fishing spring balance. Later I used...

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