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by mbs
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Looking for other kiteboarders near Dauphin Island
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Looking for other kiteboarders near Dauphin Island

Not sure about Dauphin, but in pensacola there are a few of us. Out on the beach can ride on sound side or Gulf side depending on the wind direction or your preference for waves or flat. Most people go to an area called Big Sabine, on National seashore section of beach east of pensacola beach and we...
by mbs
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Airstyle - The Next Level - Toby Braeuer
Replies: 115
Views: 8685

Re: Airstyle - The Next Level - Toby Braeuer

Amazing tricks. The riding is so smooth, and in my opinion your riding style is the most incredible to watch of any of the styles. But, I would offer this critique... For all the smoothness and style present in your riding, the video is really lacking style. Counting and numbering your tricks, expla...
by mbs
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflatable wetsuit
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Inflatable wetsuit

clew in - integrating backup flotation into a kite harness is a damn good idea. Hopefully some industry people are paying attention to this thread.
by mbs
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflatable wetsuit
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Inflatable wetsuit

I know inflatable PFDs exist. I'd like it integrated into the wetsuit, which also already exists, just doesn't seem to be available to public for some reason.
by mbs
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Inflatable wetsuit
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Inflatable wetsuit

I was watching the movie "Distance Between Dreams" today. It's about big wave surfers paddling in to peahi. Many of these guys are using inflatable wetsuits, a concept that Shane Dorion came up with after a near death experience of getting held under. They operate by cracking a CO2 cartridge similar...
by mbs
Wed May 24, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling with Seabirds
Replies: 16
Views: 1662

Re: Foiling with Seabirds

Agree that it's awesome to be out there with the birds and sea life.
Here's cool GoPro footage that I got of crossing paths with a manatee this past winter. Manatee crossing about 35 seconds in.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb259SM4KC8
:thumb:
by mbs
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Escape From Glass Window Bridge - A Kiting Sea Story
Replies: 28
Views: 3065

Re: Escape From Glass Window Bridge - A Kiting Sea Story

Rick, That was a good read and thanks for putting that together. I've been reading your posts since I started kiting in 03. Your posts heightened my safety consciousness from the beginning. Luckily I've never had anything go horribly bad and you have played a role in keeping me safe on the water. I ...
by mbs
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Can't slow down
Replies: 16
Views: 2023

Re: Can't slow down

Thanks to all for the replies. To sum up Smaller kite, longer lines, kite high and sheet out, gentle touch down, head upwind. (Run downwind works, but if I had that skill I wouldn't be asking the question.) I'll try it all - can't wait for the next session. Yes, I have been finding myself winding up...
by mbs
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Can't slow down
Replies: 16
Views: 2023

Can't slow down

I'm a long-time kiter but beginner on the foil. Had my 4th session today and I'm starting to go long stretches up on the foil, but only in straight lines and still crashing a lot. So here's a beginner question. How do you check your speed, or slow down when you feel like it's getting going too fast?...
by mbs
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Drag launch tips, line tangle
Replies: 25
Views: 2716

Re: Drag launch tips, line tangle

I think kites with longer bridles are prone to getting tip wrapped, or having the wing tip go through the bridle on self launching. I've had it happen a few times on my 2014 cab velocity kite when launching from a boat by drift launching. A solution that I've though of but haven't has the opportunit...

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