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by robclaisse
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?
Replies: 75
Views: 12012

Re: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?

@Carsten - I ride a Shinn Jackson 145 and the foil. I'm 6'6", 106kg and 46/47 show size so pretty much the same. I too was a little worried about the stiffness issue as the El Stubbo was a bit flexi for my weight but the Jackson is plenty stiff enough, not something I worry about anymore. I can't sa...
by robclaisse
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

I really feel that drone footage from above is the way to go - in many cases in kitesurfing/windsurfing videos. Especially for things like waterstart but obviously will hep for going upwind, turning etc. As a cameraman you probably well aware on effects zoom has on videos (especially on tele). Serg...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

Yeah, Progression is me - I write, film and edit the videos (along with pretty much everything else :). When it comes to waves the reported height isn't always the most important aspect of determining the actually size of the wave. You want to also look at the period and the direction of the swell. ...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

I don't really see that it has much influence to be honest. I taught myself on 0.5-1.5m waves, flat water isn't an option here - never even occurred to me that it was any different. At worst it's a bit buffety if they're coming from behind during the water start but I don't change my technique to d...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

Lots of good tips mentioned here and I'm a +1 for recommending people learning to ride a surfboard on flatter water first, particularly for those with less kite experience but keen to get started on a surfboard. Coming from a twintip you need to be prepared to experiment with a slightly different st...
by robclaisse
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nick Jacobsen ascends the throne at Red Bull King of the Air
Replies: 19
Views: 2775

Re: Nick Jacobsen ascends the throne at Red Bull King of the Air

I'm in blouberg and got to the event late - just before the semi finals. They had a big TV setup showing the livestream, in the upstairs bar, and I actual watched that for the first 10 minutes as I was chatting with mates - personally didn't really feel that impressive to watch. Then I went and watc...
by robclaisse
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cape Town by myself
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: Cape Town by myself

You may be leaving for Cape Town in the next couple of days but I wrote this blog post a few years back and updated in December with my tips for coming here (this is my 13th year!). There may still be some good points that will help you when you arrive. It's been a great season so far with wind near...
by robclaisse
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Agreement Between GKA and World Kiteboarding League
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Agreement Between GKA and World Kiteboarding League

Haha, actually I haven't watched the Caberate or the start of New Cal event, wrong time zone so always missed it but it sounds better. I think a good judge can watch four tricks one after the other and score them all ok. It would help if they could review video after a heat - that happens in surfing...
by robclaisse
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Agreement Between GKA and World Kiteboarding League
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Agreement Between GKA and World Kiteboarding League

I agree, but I think you can make it even simpler and your suggestion reminds me of the Triple S, I think it was 3 years ago. They had the "Slicks" part which was basically the wakestyle/freestyle part and they ran it like so: - One rider at a time on the water - 6-8 guys in a Heat and then all star...
by robclaisse
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Shin Shinnster and El Stubbo first ride!
Replies: 31
Views: 5535

Re: Shin Shinnster and El Stubbo first ride!

Did you mount the foil in the most rearward position when you started? Mistakenly I put it in the middle position for my first couple of goes, which seemed fine, but then I read what Mark said in this thread and changed it to the rear position for my last session and it worked well that way. I can'...

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