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by Slappysan
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: My first long swim
Replies: 46
Views: 10809

Re: My first long swim

I dont understand, you put he LE behind you and swim, with it, and you are pulling it? How do you do that with all the lines disconnected? Use an extra leash? If you use a full length leash for your kite leash you just clip that to the pump leash point. If you use a mini-leash for your kite leash t...
by Slappysan
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: My first long swim
Replies: 46
Views: 10809

Re: My first long swim

As someone who kites in as little as 6 knots where dropping the kite means swimming in I have had several 30+ minute swims and would like to offer you some advice: 1) Wear a vest with some flotation 2) Dress for the swim, this includes gloves and a hood if needed (a beanie wont keep you warm when sw...
by Slappysan
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Researching kiteboarding locations
Replies: 16
Views: 3072

Re: Researching kiteboarding locations

Fly to Brownsville, 30 min over to SPI. Corpus would be your 2nd choice if it's too hard to get to Brownsville. Having shallow water makes learning to kite much more enjoyable. In Spring you could consider Pismo Beach if you really wanted to stay in Cali, I'd imagine harder to fly to San Luis Obispo...
by Slappysan
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How dangerous is this?
Replies: 29
Views: 8042

Re: How dangerous is this?

I wouldn't take a kid out past chest deep water unless they were wearing a vest. Kid falls, bonks head on board ...

Taking a kid out in 3m waves is just nuts.
by Slappysan
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 37
Views: 9495

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

If you want to fly with the minimum risk of death then go the power glider route. Basically a glider that provides its own tow up.
by Slappysan
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 37
Views: 9495

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

There are electric options for PPG if noise is a big issue. They will still be noisy when powered up but less so than a gas engine and once up there you can turn off the engine and thermal as opposed to letting the engine idle.
by Slappysan
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 37
Views: 9495

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

Toby wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Bille is on here, big time paraglider.
I'm sure Bille will tell you when he reads this, but PG and PPG and HG are all like 10x more dangerous than kiting.

Bille also lost both his legs in a HG accident, but that doesn't stop him from kiting and HG. I'm not sure he does much PG.
by Slappysan
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bigger boost: Mono or Boxer?
Replies: 11
Views: 4736

Re: Bigger boost: Mono or Boxer?

I respectfully disagree, I find the jumping on all of my Solos depressing, then again I came to them from high aspect 5 strut kites. I don't think the issue is specific to the Solo it's more a matter affecting all single struts kites. That said at this point with foiling the LF works well for me. I...
by Slappysan
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice for first time buyer
Replies: 4
Views: 1414

Re: Advice for first time buyer

I can't say enough about how good LF Solo's are for beginners, the key thing is they fly amazingly well oversheeted and that's pretty much how beginners fly kites.

That being said they are a kite you wont out grow.
by Slappysan
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Take own gear or rent
Replies: 8
Views: 1998

Re: Take own gear or rent

If you take your kites and rent a board you can pack them in a non-oversize bag.

Also since you are flying from the UK if you fly BA they don't charge for oversize so bring both board and kites.

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