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by RickI
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kitesurfing in Portugal
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Kitesurfing in Portugal

https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37059072_10155538463153199_2702684075965022208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=ebf73d083cdc8c750b87be4220249860&oe=5BCEB677 Walking down to kite at sunset thanks to Alex of Kiteschool.PT of Lagos, Portugal. I had arranged things before crossing the Atlantic for some...
by RickI
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 2012

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

Our community often lacks good communication internally. To see someone smashed and thrown into the hospital over a bad communication is pretty memorable but only if you know about it. There were several accidents but want to particular motivated me to put together the signals in 2002. It involved a...
by RickI
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 2012

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

After looking at way too many accidents, I disagree. In many other sports signal conventions were adopted long ago. Kiters need to pay attention and adopt some of this common sense stuff to avoid problems. [quqote=dice post_id=1021233 time=1531567186 user_id=95710] Please don’t spread chaos & confus...
by RickI
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: cabrinha Apollo for light wind
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: cabrinha Apollo for light wind

I would recommend going with the Contra for the best low end performance.
by RickI
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 2012

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

I posted these hand signals in 2002 on here, as no one else was really proposing a uniform set of signals at the time. There have been some bad kite accident related to miscommunication so the need was obvious. I borrowed some from diving and common sense. The clenched fist basically means to hold, ...
by RickI
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 2012

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

A clenched fist held out to the side. It is best to go over the basic hand signals before launching so that there is no confusion.
by RickI
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Try to hook up with Damo LeRoy during one of his demo's or perhaps Kitty Hawk KItes could set you up? Btw, my 16.9 m Airblast had a flat area of 23 m, larger than my hang glider at the time and was a "sky brick." Times move on fortunately, some large kites can be faster than you may imagine.
by RickI
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

I had forgotten I had put this video together several months back shortly after I started using the 2018 Cab. 19 m Contra. I learned the hard way about big kites and impaired ability to build apparent wind in the early days like a lot of us. Larger kite area wasn't very efficient or much fun if it f...
by RickI
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

You are correct, my mistake, it was a 16 m Apollo. The 2018 Contra 19 m has more lower end grunt than the 2017 Apollo 16 m as might be expected. Despite the greater size the 19 m Contra has a smaller kite feel keeping things fun and functional. The wind range on both kites is good particularly the u...
by RickI
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

I picked up the 19 m Contra as my lower end go to kite for this year. I have been happy with the range and performance. I weigh 84 kg (185 lbs.) and use a variety of board lengths depending on just how light the winds are. You should be happy with the 19 m, I am. I would go with the 19 m over the 1...

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