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by johnmelton
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Orange Bladders
Replies: 44
Views: 8664

Re: Orange Bladders

I have had the same problems with the orange bladders: pinhole leaks anywhere the oversized bladder is folded and I have had two valves come apart. I won't be buying any more of them.
by johnmelton
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bladder valves coming off from heat
Replies: 24
Views: 2328

Bladder valves coming off from heat

What is the status of this issue? I did a search and there haven't been any posts on this issue in a long time. After getting tired of reading old posts I never found any solid resolution to this issue other than replacing original valves with Airtime valves. This gets expensive when you end up havi...
by johnmelton
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mako Wide: low end?
Replies: 15
Views: 1074

Re: Mako Wide: low end?

I have been comparing the Mako Wide to the narrow Mako 150cm, back to back, for about three hours so far, and at 160lbs with 7-12 mph of wind, and the narrow feels twice as fast. The absolute low end, while going slow, is definetely better with the Wide because of the extra surface and floatation, b...
by johnmelton
Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: interesting note on global warming data?
Replies: 176
Views: 8401

I would agree with Another Toby. The biggest problem we have is the rate of change. The plants and animals of this planet have never seen CO2 and temerapture change so rapidly. It will be hard for even humans to migrate quickly enough to stay comfortable (dry). Additionally, don't you feel the least...
by johnmelton
Thu May 10, 2007 12:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Self landing a North Rhino 7 near upper limit
Replies: 8
Views: 1192

Self landing a North Rhino 7 near upper limit

I am running out of ideas. The best method I have found yet is a 5th line induced hindenburg at low altitude, which I feel has some risk, including puncturing the leading edge if it lands on a shell, etc. I have tried reeling in the lower front line = tumble, and 5th line = inverted flight with enou...
by johnmelton
Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:21 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Speed2 19 SILVERARROW
Replies: 32
Views: 4347

I would agree with all of the above, 19m S2 SA is an incredible kite. However make sure you familiarize yourself with the "mixer" test before you go to the beach with your kite. Mine was not usable because of folding wingtips and I lost a session because of it. Doing a mixer test is simple to learn ...
by johnmelton
Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:34 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hydrofoil kiteing?
Replies: 20
Views: 3215

Oh, as for going for speed, pitch control will get very "scetchy" at speed. You would have to have a mechanical "autopilot" for pitch control. The sailboats that have foils use them. They would cause some drag and you would lose some manueverability but overall I believe speed records are possible. ...
by johnmelton
Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hydrofoil kiteing?
Replies: 20
Views: 3215

I have riden an air chair. Whether you sit down or put foot straps on it, using one for kiteboarding would be like adding another sport/skill to focus on. If you think about kiteboarding as doing two sports at once, (flying the kite and riding the board), riding a hydrofoil would by like doing three...
by johnmelton
Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pulley Lubricant
Replies: 6
Views: 989

I second the recomendation for Drycoat from west marine or other sailing store. Seams to be a good compromise between not attracting sand and requiring re-application.
by johnmelton
Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: mako 150
Replies: 2
Views: 602

while the pop is not on the level of say a Wavetray, it is an excellent compromise. I believe the longer than usual length helps give you more to work with to get pop. To me you get very acceptable pop while getting a board that turns better than any.

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