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by Al_Kiter
Tue May 22, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Vacuum pressure for sucking water out of a surfboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 7288

Re: Vacuum pressure for sucking water out of a surfboard?

If you have a vacuum pump, then you need an intermediate reservoir to regulate the vacuum and collect the water. I have made a reservoir out of an old kite pump with a valve and a vacuum gauge http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t28/bertas_photo/Board%20Repair/DSC_0111_zps0ab6825a.jpg The tube that g...
by Al_Kiter
Tue May 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Azores, Guincho In Early July
Replies: 9
Views: 5390

Re: Azores, Guincho In Early July

The kite I use most in july in Guincho is my RPM 4.5m (weight 180lb) so packing shouldn't be a problem :lol: The waves, however are hardly ever overhead in the summer. If the wind is nuking in guincho and it feels like too much to handle, drive south to Costa da Caparica. There are 3 beaches where k...
by Al_Kiter
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?
Replies: 22
Views: 9045

Re: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?

I'm 82kg and I rode with an Airush converse 6'1'' by 18 1/4'' (not exactly a light wind board). I could go well enough with the 7m while the wind was around 20knots and then it dropped a bit (probably 15-17 knots) and the 9m was enough to keep me going upwind. These kites like to sit deep in the win...
by Al_Kiter
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Firewire Vader
Replies: 88
Views: 19047

Re: Firewire Vader

It seems that Firewire has discontinued the Vader both in Kite and Surf construction. The only kiteboards now showing on their website are the EVO and the Vanguard. Can anyone (Felix?) comment if that's the case or if it's a temporary thing?
by Al_Kiter
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?
Replies: 22
Views: 9045

Re: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?

Yep. I ended up buying 7m and 9m 2017 Wave SSTs and had my first session today, first with the 7m and then, when the wind dropped a bit, with the 9m. Liked them very much as they flew very similar to my RPM's (perhaps a bit deeper in the window). Very grunty but didn't notice any difference going up...
by Al_Kiter
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 128
Views: 24031

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

I have completely destroyed two Firewire FST boards kiting in waves without ever doing a single jump. Their decks just completely delaminated under the front foot and both boards buckled. The second board had 2 4oz patches under both feet and the only difference is it took a few more sessions to del...
by Al_Kiter
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?
Replies: 22
Views: 9045

Re: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?

That's a very interesting point. Looking at the SS description they give a better upwind ability to the wave sst compared to the rpm. Myself, I never had any trouble going upwind with rpms. Would you say the upwind ability is actually worst?
by Al_Kiter
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?
Replies: 22
Views: 9045

Re: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?

Thanks ulx. I'm also tempted to go for the 9/7, but I find it strange that Slingshot states the windrange of the Wave SST 9m is only 17-28 knots while the RPM 9m is 14-29 knots. Seems like, on paper, the wave SST 10m has a more similar range as the 9m RPM: http://www.slingshotsports.com/core/media/m...
by Al_Kiter
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?
Replies: 22
Views: 9045

Re: Slingshot Wave SST for 2017?

I'm thinking of selling my 2012 RPM's (7m and 9m) and going for the 2017 wave sst. I ride 99% of the time in waves with a surfboard strapless and strapped. Looking at the wind ranges I was considering of going for a 7m and a 10m. Would that give me a range similar to my RPMs or should I go with a 7m...
by Al_Kiter
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Portugal wind and waves Guincho vs. Cabanas de tavira other
Replies: 2
Views: 1756

Re: Portugal wind and waves Guincho vs. Cabanas de tavira ot

If you are looking for waves, then the Algarve in July is definitely not the place to go and Cabanas de Tavira even less so. Guincho is a very nice spot especially for it's consistency both in terms of wind and waves. The beach is very beautiful and the northern end offers some protection from the w...

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