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by bobber
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foot hooks question
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Foot hooks question

A friend broke an NSI foot hook a few days ago. I broke a slingshot foot hook the next day. Neither of us had done a strapless waterstart before, but we did manage to waterstart and kite back to the beach. Both NSI and slingshot foot hooks are made of cheap plastic and I now consider them unreliable...
by bobber
Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What the deal with Core ?
Replies: 99
Views: 15267

Re: What the deal with Core ?

I did the o-ring swap and it solved my air leakage problem. Easy fix, but there was no mention of the spare o-ring in the user's guide.
by bobber
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What the deal with Core ?
Replies: 99
Views: 15267

Re: What the deal with Core ?

Reading this thread I'm noticing that all the Core owners are very happy. The only criticisms come from people who never owned a Core. And never rode one in most of the cases... I'm an intermediate kiter. I started with another brand but have moved to Core. I own 9m, 11m, and 19m XR's. Great kites ...
by bobber
Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Efficient 15m for light wind? Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 5644

Re: Efficient 15m for light wind? Edge?

I'm 165 lb and use a 2013 Edge 15m in 10 to 12. It is a very efficient kite if you keep the apparent windspeed up. In wind below 10 I'm on a Core 19.

Here is vid shot by Jeff from his paramotor of the 15m in 10kt using a light wind board.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci9IfRVOoSg
by bobber
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Next Gen Mako - Timeless Design
Replies: 64
Views: 10420

Re: Next Gen Mako - Timeless Design

I've got a 135 that I use in ugly breaking bay chop from the high teens on up. Great board. In the mid teens I'm on a 150. In the low teens I'm on a King.
by bobber
Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Roll Call - Older Kooks & Seasoned Age Kiteboarders
Replies: 47
Views: 5484

Re: Roll Call - Older Kooks & Seasoned Age Kiteboarders

The good thing about kiteboarding is that you can push hard or you can throttle back and take it easy. When my body feels good, I go for it. If something is hurting, I throttle back and take it easy. Seems to work for me. I'm in my 60's and have been kiting for a little over two years. I expect to b...
by bobber
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Board size and chop
Replies: 24
Views: 3506

Re: Board size and chop

I sail in gnarly breaking bay chop with onshore wind most of the time. I use a Mako 150 below 18kt and a Mako 135 above 18kt, body weight 75kg. Both work great in their respective conditions and are very comfortable to ride. They don't go upwind quite as well as a squared up twin tip, but they do OK...
by bobber
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Dallas Texas Reporting In
Replies: 15
Views: 2340

Re: Dallas Texas Reporting In

TheJoe wrote:You can get some practice at the cable park for some board skills. It can help a lot when there is not enough wind to kite.
I second the cable park recommendation. Get comfortable on the board at the park and then focus on the kite when you've got wind.
by bobber
Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite scooter could outpace raceboards: Prototype video
Replies: 44
Views: 7622

Re: Kite scooter could outpace raceboards: Prototype video

Very nice work and it does look like good fun. However, I think it is unlikely that any reputable manufacturer will get involved until you find a way to protect the rider from impact with the trailing edge of the foil.
by bobber
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: did you do another board sport before kiting?
Replies: 24
Views: 2105

Re: did you do another board sport before kiting?

And I really thought in the beginning that windsurfing would help me to learn faster. I could not be more wrong! My body memory tried to respond to some of the inputs in a totally wrong fashion, so I had to forget first to learn from scratch. Same experience here. The first time I dove the kite and...

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