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by RickI
Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Azores, Guincho In Early July
Replies: 9
Views: 5391

Re: Azores, Guincho In Early July

You are right something around 5 m packs down quite small. That will be a novelty, the last time I flew a 5 m (four line LEI) was in 2005! Kiteable winds are usually on the lighter side in Florida outside of much higher stuff in squalls and hurricanes of course. My high wind kite is a 9 m at 190 lbs...
by RickI
Sun May 20, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Azores, Guincho In Early July
Replies: 9
Views: 5391

Re: Azores, Guincho In Early July

Excellent information folks, many thanks! Sounds like on a strong day Gincho may be near blown out. The waves go over 4 m in strong conditions on the outside I imagine? It is good to have options beyond Gincho although I prefer waves to flat water. The good thing about small kites is that they pack ...
by RickI
Sat May 19, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Azores, Guincho In Early July
Replies: 9
Views: 5391

Re: Azores, Guincho In Early July

I was wondering what sort of wetsuit to bring, thanks for the insight. Are the afternoon thermic winds fairly reliable in Viana do castello? If so, what is the typical wind range around July? As there is a wide range in potential wind, light to honking, are kite rentals available in some of these co...
by RickI
Sat May 19, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Azores, Guincho In Early July
Replies: 9
Views: 5391

Azores, Guincho In Early July

I am getting the impression that winds are on the lighter side in the Azores, specifically Sao Miguel and Pino Island in early July? By contrast Guincho near Lisbon on the mainland is supposed to have good wind and waves in early July? All this is barring some bizarre tropical weather banging into e...
by RickI
Mon May 07, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Air show in Fort Lauderdale. Is it safe to kite?
Replies: 12
Views: 4376

Re: Air show in Fort Lauderdale. Is it safe to kite?

Regarding kiting and the Air Show, we were to do a kiting demo for the original Air Sea Show way back in 2003. It was a big deal as the sport was still fairly new and there were to be collectively in excess of 4 million spectators over three days. Neil Hutchenson set it up and was to join with Tom D...
by RickI
Fri May 04, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Air show in Fort Lauderdale. Is it safe to kite?
Replies: 12
Views: 4376

Re: Air show in Fort Lauderdale. Is it safe to kite?

Go some place else, Dania, north to Pompano, Delray, etc.. They will likely stop you from going off Bahia Mar if you could even find enough room with the crowds to rig and launch. Guys pulling high speed aerobatics don't need the distraction of a moving kite when seconds count. For the next three da...
by RickI
Wed May 02, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha delamination
Replies: 15
Views: 4831

Re: Cabrinha delamination

Wow, really? When did Neil Pryde take on Cabrinha? 2000 The union substantially expanded the breadth of products and innovation well beyond a limited line of quality kiteboards. I have used Cabrinha for the last dozen years because they focus on quality and performance. A little birdy told me that e...
by RickI
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The end of kiteboarding in Florida?
Replies: 34
Views: 11600

Re: The end of kiteboarding in Florida?

Use and promote common sense and courtesy and many access threats will vanish. If not ...
by RickI
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Oyster foot protection
Replies: 35
Views: 9217

Re: Oyster foot protection

If folks are interested in buying some Dyneema FYF protective socks, you can find them at https://www.getfyf.com
by RickI
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Oyster foot protection
Replies: 35
Views: 9217

Re: Oyster foot protection

Getting your toes into new socks can be slow but it speeds up with use. Wetting them down first helps. I put them on in the car or on paving to avoid sand inside them. I haven't had trouble with excess sand getting into them once on however. I don't recall having sand abrasion problems with them. Th...

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