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by luke11
Mon May 08, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2017 Ride Engine vs Dakine C1
Replies: 26
Views: 5740

Re: 2017 Ride Engine vs Dakine C1

I have experience riding all 3 harnesses: Ride Custom; Ride Production; and Dakine C1. When considering comfort and performance, the Ride Custom is at the top. Amazing harness. Right behind it is the Dakine C1. After 10 days of riding; the C1's hard shell had molded significantly to my body. As it i...
by luke11
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I Hate Helmets
Replies: 52
Views: 4904

Re: I Hate Helmets

Thanks for sharing your experience with helmets. Small bumps to the head can have tragic results. During the past 20 years of kiteboarding I have lost 4 friends to head injuries. All were expert kiters. 3 were head injuries. 2 with very small bumps to the head. 1 was in a coma for months with a very...
by luke11
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: fireball update anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 3051

Re: fireball update anyone?

I used the FireBall for a couple of weeks. It felt great and performed flawlessly. After many great sessions with it, I went back to a hook and chicken loop as I only had 1 bar with the fireball. That’s when the FireBall’s performance really came to light and rose to the top. The chicken loop is som...
by luke11
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2016 Dakine C-1 Harness
Replies: 30
Views: 7961

Re: 2016 Dakine C-1 Harness

I wear the same size Vega and C-1. Both smalls.
by luke11
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2016 Dakine C-1 Harness
Replies: 30
Views: 7961

Re: 2016 Dakine C-1 Harness

I have been riding the Dakine C-1 for over 6 months on both snow and water. The C-1 is the most comfortable waist harness I have worn in 20 years of kiting. Believe me, after 7 or so sessions the hard shell conforms to your body. The more you ride it the more comfortable it gets. Genius. Most of the...
by luke11
Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Proposed KOTA Scoring to Fix KOTA
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Re: Proposed KOTA Scoring to Fix KOTA

The proposes fix looks great. A lot of time and thought put into it. Good job.

1 important thing that could be added to help progress the sport:

Rider must land with same speed and control as their take-off. If not, deduct mega points.
by luke11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best practices for using board leash in the surf with a kite
Replies: 23
Views: 2549

Re: Best practices for using board leash in the surf with a kite

when to use? when kite surfing in perfect wind, an incredibly beautiful wave that eventually washes up on large rocks and/or cliff in a remote location who makes? there is no kite surf leashes on the market. you need to modify a surf board leash. length? a long surf board size (10') attachment point...
by luke11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2016 Cab Drifter 4,5m2 (or 5,5m2) - anyone used it, feedback please?
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: 2016 Cab Drifter 4,5m2 (or 5,5m2) - anyone used it, feedback please?

I own a Drifter 4.5. Yes, it is an amazing kite. It has a very similar range to the SwitchBlade 4, which I have used over 50 times and understand its characteristics. SB4 with it's great low end has a range of 20-60. It is well known that size for size the Drifters have a greater high end than a SB....
by luke11
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foils in KOTA?
Replies: 17
Views: 2029

Re: Foils in KOTA?

In Hood River there is strong wind with sizeable swell that makes for good ramps. At last year's HuckFest the foils were going higher and bigger than twintips during most of the event. So, hydo-foils go as high or higher in strong winds. Recently on foils I watched: 16 year old Fred sticking backrol...
by luke11
Thu May 19, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How many are going to join in?
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

Re: How many are going to join in?

Please consider the following: In all the action sports we participate in, one of the most important thrills that we achieve is from G forces. When we go snowboarding, mountain biking, skiing, kiting, skateboarding, surfing, and more. It is all about the turn and the sensation of G-forces. Many spor...

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