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by BWD
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I need convincing too:) Bar back lines!
Replies: 18
Views: 6468

Re: I need convincing too:) Bar back lines!

With 12 strand braids of sk75, sk99 used normally, keep in mind all the strands are exposed so wear and is a key factor in the apparent over specification of 300-400kg lines. If you could find a lighter sleeved line with core protected maybe you could go weaker strength with less durability loss. Bu...
by BWD
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 57
Views: 14992

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

Tom that bar looks great! I have a suggestion for reinforcing the center (or any other part) against impact: Overwrap with lower modulus fiber/fabric of your choice, perhaps in lower modulus matrix. I think if I make a bar I might overwrap the whole thing with some kind of polyester cloth in a PU of...
by BWD
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Convertible surf board
Replies: 12
Views: 4080

Re: Convertible surf board

kitemanmuc that custom board looks sweet.
why are you letting it go?
by BWD
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Home made harness idea
Replies: 9
Views: 2618

Re: Home made harness idea

I have carried over 120lbs. more than 15 miles on foot with this rucksack but have you hung your weight from it all day, with occasional extra G loading from jumps and crashes? Sounds like apples and oranges to me. The tricky part of harnesses is the design/fit and sewing details, the metal aspect ...
by BWD
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Researching kiteboarding locations
Replies: 16
Views: 3170

Re: Researching kiteboarding locations

rmbkite wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:02 pm
Thanks for the quick replies. Haha, not going to be working on the days I go kiteboarding. I will be sitting in the back of the plane on those days.
Of course, you got the right idea!
You will love it. I have some pilot friends who picked up kiting really well. Have a great time!
by BWD
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: TT thin vs thick rails
Replies: 7
Views: 2765

Re: TT thin vs thick rails

nope. thick rails hold better and re-set better when you are bouncing over chop. Actually easier to ride. thin rails can seem to have a precise edge feel, whether real or imagined, but they can blow out unexpectedly and usually make board construction more complicated. In many boards with stepped do...
by BWD
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoil set under 1k?
Replies: 14
Views: 3339

Re: Hydrofoil set under 1k?

zeeko blaster 849 euro 3 weeks ago...
and probably others.
by BWD
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Researching kiteboarding locations
Replies: 16
Views: 3170

Re: Researching kiteboarding locations

If you don't mind a wetsuit, PDX comes to mind. Various options within an hour, lots of kiters, stores, etc. Need warmer? Houston/Galveston could be good. SF bay area could be good too... But to really learn, you will probably need to commit to kiting several days in a row, preferably in the same/si...
by BWD
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Rider weight versus foil classification (wind range)
Replies: 17
Views: 4063

Re: Rider weight versus foil classification (wind range)

To make more lift, it has to go faster. How will he go faster? And what determines the speed? Does drag play a role in this equation? At any reasonable small angle of attack, a foil will make a certain amount of lift at any given speed. If the speed is not enough to cause the foil to make lift forc...
by BWD
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Rider weight versus foil classification (wind range)
Replies: 17
Views: 4063

Re: Rider weight versus foil classification (wind range)

Riding at higher angle of attack means closer to stall. Especially with more weight because the weight means higher surface loading. So I think the variable to focus on is speed. For heavier weight, a given foil has to make more lift to take off. To make more lift, it has to go faster. It’s similar ...

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