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by Frappes
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North Zippers
Replies: 27
Views: 2565

Re: North Zippers

I have had no problems with their zippers. Of course I take care and fold my kites down very neatly before putting them in the bag. There is no strain on the zippers when your kites are folded properly for storage/travel. Seems like some years are worse than other. What year are the bags (not the k...
by Frappes
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wind Predictions for Kiting in Maui and Best location
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: Wind Predictions for Kiting in Maui and Best location

ikitesurf.com has lots of good wind sensors on Maui, definitely worth the subscription.
by Frappes
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North Zippers
Replies: 27
Views: 2565

Re: North Zippers

All zippers on my 2 2015 Neo bags have broken. I have stopped leaving my kite bags out in the sun when I'm on the water, hoping that helps existing zippers hold up longer in the future.
by Frappes
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 97
Views: 13701

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

Thank you topmick! You have been super helpful re: the evo across all the kiting and surfing forums i've been looking at.
by Frappes
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard
Replies: 97
Views: 13701

Re: FireWire Evo KiteSurfBoard

I'm just a touch south of 70kg and paddle surf a 5'1" no problem even on mushy stuff. Hey Nomad, What's your paddle fitness? When you mention mushy stuff, what exactly are you talking about - 3-5ft slop at Lindamar, or something a bit better? I've got about 1-2 kgs on you and I'm debating if the 5'...
by Frappes
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2018 North Bars
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

Re: 2018 North Bars

Whoa, hang on. A few years back they changed the center hole lining from metal to plastic to reduce wear on the depower line (which is the same material as most or all rope sliders), but the rope slider chicken loop replacement has a metal jacket? Wtf? Am I missing something?
by Frappes
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kitesurfing in Vietnam
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: Kitesurfing in Vietnam

It takes <1.5 hours to get to Vung Tau from HCM if you take the hydrofoil boat.
by Frappes
Wed May 31, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Where in The Americas is It warm and windy in june
Replies: 30
Views: 3411

Re: Where in The Americas is It warm and windy in june

Don't go to Sherman Island. It's crappy, overhyped and nobody kites there any more. You will hate it!
by Frappes
Sun May 14, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach
Replies: 65
Views: 8119

Re: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach

Launching unhooked is the worst kiting advice I've ever heard. You are putting yourself in a position where you have significantly LESS control over the kite - either you won't have full control over steering or you won't have any control over the kite's sheeting. Most kites won't fly as well in a l...
by Frappes
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: where is kiting at - industry
Replies: 60
Views: 6848

Re: where is kiting at - industry

Yep... In golf, why do you think Nike (footwear and apparel) discontinued their hardgoods? They were losing money and saw some down turns in margins and sales. Same reasons Addidas (footware and apparel), who owns Taylormade, is trying to sell off Taylormade hardgoods. Bad margins. When you are a p...

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