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by downunder
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 102
Views: 6756

Re: Fatality in France

Can we please stop telling people we don’t know how much wind they can ride in safely. If you don’t know them or their local, you have no idea what they are capable of, so stop pretending you do. Thank you. Two things: 1. If you really mean "don't tell people you know better than them when you are ...
by downunder
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?

Thats a bit over the top Frank... We are not discussing weight or equipment here. Or soon we will all need to write a disclaimer in small print to make everyone happy. I will not spend my time to do that Im afraid. The rider weight in DIY is irrelevant, its about the process, commitment and learning...
by downunder
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?

You probably mean a fuselage ;)

The lathe work is just by the eye, the mast slot just by the chisel.

But if you think about the mast, yes, some was published on ytube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qaj0SMtY8CA
by downunder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?

Yep, Horst is also <60kg :) The windsurfer carbon mast has really thin walls, can stand on it no probs, where is like 35mm in diameter. So having wrapped wood in carbon with 28-30mm diameter should be strong enough for heavy riders. It all depends how is wrapped, as you know...plus, the grain positi...
by downunder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?

This is simple really.

Buy a hard wood 32mm rod, shape it as you need, and wrap in 3-5 layers of carbon. I can do that in less than few hours, but I do have a lathe to make a bit hydro dynamic profile.

Horst, you are like a Don Quixote, my complete DIY foil is 1.8 kg. No board.
by downunder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Comparative risk of kitesurfing
Replies: 36
Views: 4229

Re: Comparative risk of kitesurfing

Ok that is pretty specious reasoning. Think about it this way. How many people have died of smoking after only doing it 30 times. I would say zero. How many kiteboarders die after doing it less than 30 times. Uh a lot more than zero. I would guess most of the fatalies are with the less experienced....
by downunder
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 102
Views: 6756

Re: Fatality in France

The short leash or any leash can't prevent the bar end getting stuck in a hook...

And that is not preventable no matter what.
by downunder
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 102
Views: 6756

Re: Fatality in France

RIP I am a strong believer in accidents. Accidents are not preventable, no matter what. If people think unhooked launch is way more safe, I question this with a landing and everything in between. I question every single piece of equipment as well. EVERY PIECE. None of equipment is here to prevent un...
by downunder
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Snap Shackle problem
Replies: 34
Views: 2186

Re: Snap Shackle problem

iriejohn wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:51 pm
^^^ Good post. But no hook is safer than a hook. Just saying.
Don't say that, its' controversial, mind boggling...

My last comment about the topic, you guys go wild.
by downunder
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Snap Shackle problem
Replies: 34
Views: 2186

Re: Snap Shackle problem

I saw a person drown on a foil kite with foil/board this summer, he was using a shackle and could not release. :nono: Really? We do not remember the post about that. But you are right, he did not know/want to cut the lines, or who knows... Most drownings are the result of panic, I'm sure you would ...

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