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by GregK
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bridle Modification to LEI Kite
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: Bridle Modification to LEI Kite

If the kite sits somewhat deep and still has a lot of front line pull with the bar sheeted way out ( back line slack ) then the front tow point is slightly aft of the centre of effort and it will fly closer to the edge of the window if the tow point is moved forward. If it sits back but depowers wel...
by GregK
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bridle Modification to LEI Kite
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: Bridle Modification to LEI Kite

Yes, by modifying the bridle with any combination of front bridle segment length changes or the location of bridle attachment points that shifts the tow point slightly aft and close to the centre of lift will make a kite park slightly deeper. The trade-off for this deeper position is reduced de-powe...
by GregK
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: biggest regret purchase
Replies: 70
Views: 21072

Re: biggest regret purchase

Wind Tools Mosquito Pro KS 9+ Terrifying when slightly over-powered . No more than a 4 knot wind range on that kite. Saw the best kiter around at that time get thrashed when he took out his 7.5 over-powered. This water-relaunchable RAM air used condoms with the ends cut off for the air-inlet valves,...
by GregK
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Manufacturing - free feedback
Replies: 27
Views: 8959

Re: Kite Manufacturing - free feedback

Canopy has to be sewn to the leading edge using triple point not regular zigzag, come on people. :roll: So Switch is doing two adjacent passes of 2-point zig-zag for their canopy-to-LE seam, which is kind of like doing a triple-step / 4-point except leaving out the stitch in the middle. Seems obvio...
by GregK
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I'll have to change my name now North Kiteboarding is no more..
Replies: 167
Views: 63744

Re: I'll have to change my name now North Kiteboarding is no more..

North changed to South and Rebel to Conform. :P
by GregK
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Introducing the Next Generation Roam from Ocean Rodeo
Replies: 1
Views: 1081

Re: Introducing the Next Generation Roam from Ocean Rodeo

And they have added 5 & 6 m sizes. :-)
by GregK
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pinhole woes
Replies: 18
Views: 3917

Re: Pinhole woes

In my experience, the screening leak test ( bladder in the kite, pumped up hard, coated with soapy water ) is only about 95% effective in indicating the general area of a leak. If the LE fabric is in near-new condition, leaking air will not get through the coating on the fabric, and instead will com...
by GregK
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Need info for Epic Kites
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Re: Need info for Epic Kites

If the original valves are still in good shape, then no need to buy new stick-on valves. Just get a pack of Airtime valve traps and use those to re-attach the original valves. Or you can use a urethane glue ( 3M 5200 - get the fast-cure or Aquaseal ) but that will take longer as the glue should be f...
by GregK
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Drysuits circa 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 5844

Re: Drysuits circa 2018

Very easy to dry the inside of the suit by just inverting the suit. Also the new breathable drysuit fabrics dry quite quickly compared to wetsuits.
by GregK
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Who makes their own line sets?
Replies: 15
Views: 5440

Re: Who makes their own line sets?

Is splicing better, cleaner or what are the benefits? If you gradually taper the buried end of the line, then spliced loop should only reduce the line's strength by about 5 - 10%. With a sleeved and stitched loop, the loop's strength is dependent on the stitches crossing the loop, and generally pol...

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