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by d0uglass
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Weight - Weight - Weight
Replies: 16
Views: 2355

Re: Weight - Weight - Weight

Weight definitely matters. I made an online calculator where you can input your weight and the windspeed and it will recommend kite and board sizes, although currently the board sizes calcs are just for twintips. http://jimbodouglass.blogspot.com/2011/01/interactive-kiteboarding-calculator.html The ...
by d0uglass
Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Upwind Board
Replies: 31
Views: 4007

Re: Upwind Board

It's not just skill. Board size and kite size make a huge difference, and the 138 x 40 is way too small for you unless you're super powered up. Check out my board size calculator... http://jimbodouglass.blogspot.com/2011/01/interactive-kiteboarding-calculator.html Something like 153 x 45 would be a ...
by d0uglass
Fri May 13, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: An inexpensive wave twin tip for a big guy
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: An inexpensive wave twin tip for a big guy

A surprisingly good "wave" twintip was the litewave freeride 179. Lots of concave, moderate amount of flex and taper towards the tips. Very "carvy" feeling, comfortable in chop, coasts through lulls, doesn't spray you in the face, etc. I'm riding it in this video... http://jimbodouglass.blogspot.com...
by d0uglass
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Quitting Kiting
Replies: 94
Views: 8240

Re: Quitting Kiting

Ouch! Hope your leg heals well. I think the theme here is that all kiting is somewhat dangerous, but the danger can be greatly reduced by: 1. Kiting on the water where the wind is steadier AND the impacts are softer than on land. 2. Kiting conservatively with respect to the conditions and your gear ...
by d0uglass
Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: High boosting kites
Replies: 72
Views: 6885

Re: High boosting kites

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the flysurfer Speed 2 and Speed 3 foil kites. I definitely went higher, further, longer on my Speed 2 than on any inflatable I ever tried. The flysurfer was kind of a p.i.t.a. for other reasons, but it really did jump way bigger than anything else, at least for my ...
by d0uglass
Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which GoPro?
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Which GoPro?

Get the HD version, definitely.

As for attachments, the helmet strap works pretty well for strapping it to a kite strut, and the sticky mounts are good for board and helmet top attachments. Always put a float and a leash on the camera because they will bust loose sometimes.

-James
by d0uglass
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: GoPro editing software
Replies: 11
Views: 3083

Re: GoPro editing software

I use iMovie for mac and that seems to be really easy and good enough to do pretty much everything I want. When I had a PC I used windows movie maker, which was also easy but had some problems with the file format that came off the GoPro. No problems like that on the mac. The image stabilization fea...
by d0uglass
Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Size / Board Size Calculator
Replies: 6
Views: 5079

Re: Kite Size / Board Size Calculator

Thanks for the comments. Ya, I almost wasn't even going to try a board size calculator since it's such a subjective thing and it's unclear how the dimensions should scale with body weight, but I went ahead and did it. Basically, I started with what I would ride at my 160 lbs weight and then made the...
by d0uglass
Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Size / Board Size Calculator
Replies: 6
Views: 5079

Kite Size / Board Size Calculator

Hi y'all. I've taken a stab at making an interactive kite size / body weight / wind speed / board size calculator. Check it out and let me know what you think. http://jimbodouglass.blogspot.com/2011/01/interactive-kiteboarding-calculator.html Basically, you just put in your body weight and it recomm...
by d0uglass
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner Gear?
Replies: 17
Views: 1474

Re: Beginner Gear?

Warren- I'm selling a 2008 12 m Flysurfer Speed 2 for $750 that you could use as a snowkite. NO bladders to inflate, works on water too. Also selling a big 179 cm twintip, medium 137 cm twintip, and a directional raceboard because I'm going back to just windsurfing. The stuff is listed on my blog. I...

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