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by juandesooka
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leaking Boston Valve
Replies: 9
Views: 3531

Re: Leaking Boston Valve

Do you HAVE a rubber seal ? ... All my other kites have the rubber sealing, so just curious IF you have this, or just by accident without knowing have had it without this sealing ? As it seems to work fine for a while when brand new :D 8) PF Thanks for the replies guys. Plummet: cleaned under the i...
by juandesooka
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Leaking Boston Valve
Replies: 9
Views: 3531

Leaking Boston Valve

I have a leaky bladder. I am pretty sure it is leaking from the threads of the Boston valve (the large inflate/deflate style). I cleaned the threads and all the seals, but doesn't fix it. I took out the bladder to confirm it isn't leaking from the connection to the bladder. Seems pretty weird ... ea...
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's the best thing about kite surfing?
Replies: 28
Views: 1845

Re: What's the best thing about kite surfing?

Coming from a surfing background: 37. Making lemonade from a bowl of lemons: crazy stoked racing around rigging and laughing while the grumpy surfers grumble about blown out surf. 38. The camaraderie of the crew, which comes from even rugged individuals needing help and so also required to give it, ...
by juandesooka
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's the worst thing about kite surfing?
Replies: 30
Views: 2547

Re: What's the worst thing about kite surfing?

Repetitive strain injuries from kiting too much ... elbows, ankles, hips. Old dogs can learn new tricks, just costs a lot more. ;-)
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fiji - Tavarua
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Fiji - Tavarua

It does not appear that Fiji Air has an exemption for golf clubs, as many airlines do. So it might be less likely that the kite/golf bag gets through (no experience with them, just my guess) https://www.fijiairways.com/flight-information/excess-oversized-baggage/ My lesson learned lately: I got char...
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: UK kitesurfer rescued after lines wrap legs
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: UK kitesurfer rescued after lines wrap legs

So the obvious question: why no knife? or couldn't reach it or dropped it?

A buddy had a Kite mare where he was hog tied but his harness turned and ccouldn't reach knife. Scary. Ideal to have one near upper body....I sewed one into impact vest at chest level.
by juandesooka
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fiji - Tavarua
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Fiji - Tavarua

Lucky dog! I've been once, but in our summer. I suspect surf is a lot smaller in the Antarctic summer, but looking at MS, seems there should be some swell: https://magicseaweed.com/Tavarua-Cloudbreak-Surf-Report/669/ Probably good for the SUP. I "surfed" CB twice, once 10-12' and once in 1-2' -- you...
by juandesooka
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Converting surf board
Replies: 22
Views: 2163

Re: Converting surf board

If through bolting, big washers are a good idea. Yes! For my through hull DIY I used a plastic cutting board above and below, to make plates that will spread the force. This has worked fine on my kite foilboard for a year or more now. But in trying this with a SUP foil, there's a lot more forces in...
by juandesooka
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Converting surf board
Replies: 22
Views: 2163

Re: Converting surf board

I am in Maui now, just used my converted surfboard tonight for a flat water foil session, yesterday in the waves. Nice to have a single board solution. Thought it sucks fiddling with hardware at the beach. I did through-hull bolt holes in mine, using a combination of golf clubs shafts glued in with ...
by juandesooka
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 30
Views: 3443

Re: Spitfire club

It was an interesting ride though. You never know. One day I may make myself one. A higher aspect speed carving foil would come first though. For some experimenting, you could try reversing any set of wings ... just will take a bunch of trial and error to get the lift and balance right. I am going ...

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