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by BWD
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strutless kite review Gong vs Cloud
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Strutless kite review Gong vs Cloud

I’d like to try gong but 4 years of clouds make me skeptical about adding a pound of weight and reinforcements that aren’t needed. The price is ok though so why not try one... The clouds do seem like the price could drop 10-15%. I was one of the first customers but the price has kept me in the used ...
by BWD
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Cloud vs Reo.
Replies: 12
Views: 659

Re: Cloud vs Reo.

Perhaps the guys with clouds did not have the right size?
Normally you want 1.5 sizes less than normal leis. i.e. Saturday I was decently powered on a 9m c2 when my lighter weight friend had a 12m switchblade up.
At 80kg I can use 7m with surfboard from 18 knots, 9m from 14, etc...
by BWD
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Airex/carbon kiteboard build
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: Airex/carbon kiteboard build

When considering dynamics of concave and convex shapes you also need to think about how much a change in angle of attack or angle of heel moves the center of lift. Some shapes will help keep the center of lift from moving as far, others may exaggerate the movement, so which shape to choose affects f...
by BWD
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Airex/carbon kiteboard build
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: Airex/carbon kiteboard build

Very nice!
by BWD
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: lightwind surfboard
Replies: 24
Views: 1463

Re: lightwind surfboard

Score an old slingshot dialer. Cheap, strong, decent performance for beginner, easy to learn jibes, can do straps, jumps etc...
by BWD
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 66
Views: 9126

Re: Spitfire club

AVS derangement syndrome, then?
by BWD
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 104
Views: 21645

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

foam corks at each side of the hole (just keep 5 to 10mm more than the center hole diameter) drill only one side ... I’d go for 25-30mm each side if I did this. Also might add extra wraps of carbon or glass around outside near hole. Both would help to take beatings from safety releases, stress conc...
by BWD
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 66
Views: 9126

Re: Spitfire club

Wait are you still a junior college shop teacher upstate or did you join a Russian troll farm?
Never mind,
by BWD
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 66
Views: 9126

Re: Spitfire club

Kinda drastic? Did you ask nico caillou about it? Usually he’s pretty responsive about products...
by BWD
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 66
Views: 9126

Re: Spitfire club

Wings are brand new.... Are you the kind of guy who would slag a guitar manufacturer if the guitar needed tuning? Surely there has to be sheet of 300 grit and maybe a bottle of isopropanol accessible to you. ‘Cause you should clean the foil, too. Then sand TEs at the correct angles. And don’t forge...

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