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by heemskn
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil kite launching on small beach
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

Re: Foil kite launching on small beach

Foil kites take a while to inflate in light wind so use a battery powered leaf blower to inflate if you want to get from the beach quickly.
These guys have figured out how to drift launch without a beach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBd8vNaW1As
by heemskn
Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko white & green or Spitfire to learn on?
Replies: 5
Views: 734

Zeeko white & green or Spitfire to learn on?

So I just made up my mind to buy a Zeeko white&green alloy foil to learn on and then the Spitfire foil comes out... Background: Been kiting for 10+ years, last couple of years mostly strapless surfboard in waves. Finally decided to get into foiling for boring lower wind days. Mainly interested in ri...
by heemskn
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Custom Surfboard
Replies: 26
Views: 2705

Re: Custom Surfboard

TomW, have you made a board like this without the channels, or with different channels? Please comment on how you feel they affect the performance. Thanks! Basically I looked at an Evo, made it shorter, concave deck, thinner rails. It's down to 10mm thick at deepest part of concaves around 1/3 up fr...
by heemskn
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I don't believe in Flex !
Replies: 43
Views: 4276

Re: I don't believe in Flex !

Personally I believe in flex, but not in the explanations by most board builders/marketeers of why flex works. Over the last 50 or so years board builders and surfers have figured out the best shapes and construction methods through trial and error. It is a beautiful thing, and we should all be than...
by heemskn
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release
Replies: 68
Views: 6071

Re: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release

Bought this "1/4" Long D rigging shackle" from ebay for $5.53 http://www.ebay.com/itm/271599024774?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT IMG_0266.JPG 10 minutes with hacksaw and file turns it into two 6 mm pins that (tightly) fit 3/16 Amsteel depower line. The resulting pin is a...
by heemskn
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 710
Views: 102712

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

Ronnie, I have used a Naish "trim line pulley" with my sliding spreader bar. Nice and simple with no moving parts, and at $22 much cheaper than the Wichard halyard. Super compact if you connect a small ring with the bolt on the pulley, and connect a Cabrinha mushroom QR to the ring. Downside was tha...
by heemskn
Sun May 22, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do you wear a ring on your finger when kiting?
Replies: 17
Views: 1679

Re: Do you wear a ring on your finger when kiting?

This happened back in 2004 with a 2 line Wipika. Got lofted a bit and when I was put back down, I released the QR with my left hand, with my right hand still on the bar. I guess I was about to get lofted again because the bar took off with so much speed that it bent my wedding ring inwards, cutting ...
by heemskn
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Action Cameras for Kiting: Battle of the Cheapos
Replies: 27
Views: 3340

Re: Action Cameras for Kiting: Battle of the Cheapos

SJ4000 works fine, but does not quite fit in the good GoPro line mounts (like the latest camrig mount, which position the center of gravity exactly between the lines, to minimize shaking). Techmoan has great detailed reviews on cheap cameras: http://www.techmoan.com/blog/category/action-cameras.
by heemskn
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!
Replies: 214
Views: 43262

Re: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!

tiny wave abuse
by heemskn
Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Iceland in july - what winds to expect?
Replies: 5
Views: 693

Re: Iceland in july - what winds to expect?

We were on family vacation in Iceland in July 2015. Drove all the way around the island in two weeks, and saw much of the coast. Great vacation in a beautiful place with super nice people! I did not bring kitegear, and did not really regret it. Wind varied considerably from day to day and spot to sp...

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