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by Hugh2
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Directional thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 3875

Re: Directional thoughts

Holy smokes, Matteo, that makes me feel completely incompetent. I can barely tell the difference between my 4-fin Naish Global 6' and my 3-fin Fone Surf 5'11", but they are on different continents, so I don't get to ride them back to back or in similar conditions.
by Hugh2
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Oahu Dream Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 5389

Re: Oahu Dream Holiday

Agreed that Maui is the place to go for stronger winds, although in summer the waves are generally disappointing. But there is plenty more to do, get a travel guide book.
by Hugh2
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Flying an IDS kite (two line safety) using one line safety bar
Replies: 7
Views: 3401

Re: Flying an IDS kite (two line safety) using one line safety bar

Similarly, I fly my 2012 Cabrinha Vector 12m on my Best single-line-flag bar no problems. I like the confidence that if at the end of a long solo downwinder I am overpowered I can just let it go to the leash, and have done that.
by Hugh2
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Oahu Dream Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 5389

Re: Oahu Dream Holiday

Sendit and Slapsam are dead right in my limited experience of kiting on Oahu in the summer. I took the opportunity of learning to ride strapless at Mokuleia, with encouragement from some of the locals about five years ago, like Felix of Switch kites, even got to watch Tophat ride! Also enjoyed a mel...
by Hugh2
Mon May 28, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Repairing a pump seal
Replies: 13
Views: 6283

Re: Repairing a pump seal

Thanks again, if I had known the handle unscrewed I would not have had to slice my O-rings. They were cheap anyway.
by Hugh2
Mon May 28, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Repairing a pump seal
Replies: 13
Views: 6283

Re: Repairing a pump seal

Thanks WMFG! But how does one replace it without slicing that seal. Does the handle or the main pump seal at the other end come off the shaft somehow?
by Hugh2
Sat May 26, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Repairing a pump seal
Replies: 13
Views: 6283

Repairing a pump seal

My Naish pump started sticking. This is the modern kind that is a little taller than the original size, but not the monster kind. I like it a lot as it has a gauge built into the handle, and is the right height for me, plus the handles are more comfortable. Anyway, the seal in the twist off/on cap a...
by Hugh2
Mon May 21, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: old fart round the world tour
Replies: 26
Views: 13837

Re: old fart round the world tour

My experience of Mauritius was not too expensive and you can rent a car and see the whole island. But I was there is 2004 and had my first lesson there. I imagine kiting in the bay at One Eye would be good, but the surf kiting there is experts only. Madagascar I visited earlier, and it was frightful...
by Hugh2
Tue May 15, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How hard?
Replies: 32
Views: 11709

Re: How hard?

No concerns about stitching, and this is a 2015 v1 Pivot that I ride a lot. The only kite I ever had blow up on me was my first kite, a well used and abused North Rhino 12m. Pumped it up at Langebaan back in 2005, put it down on the sand, turned around, and a Big Bang left the leading edge fully ope...
by Hugh2
Tue May 15, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Launching solo
Replies: 27
Views: 13172

Re: Launching solo

You might find yourself in over 20 knots just by bad luck or bad forecast. Knowing how to self land by simply releasing to the leash is critical, so having practiced that you are in good shape. When around 30 knots, might be best to do it in water, as that dampens the chance of some kind of re-fligh...

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