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by Strekke
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: beginner hydrofoiler questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: beginner hydrofoiler questions

Not totally underpowered but also not well powered/overpowered. 12 - 15 knots on a 12m in chop free flat water without waves is ideal. For 16-20 knots you're better off on an 8 or a 9m. More than that, go TT. Remember to try and keep the board down as much as possible for your first session(s). Ride...
by Strekke
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strapless surfkite board fins
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: Strapless surfkite board fins

Good topic! I've only been playing around with quad vs thruster for a few months on my Vader - Futures V2 F4. Quad helps with upwind and it goes a little faster; thruster slows it down a bit but gives more grip and maybe a bit snappier turns. Came off a thruster WAM, so was used to the "on rails" fe...
by Strekke
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Rescuing A Loose Kite At Sea ...
Replies: 33
Views: 2342

Re: Rescuing A Loose Kite At Sea ...

A few years ago, I was in Cape Town for my first time ever. Riding Big Bay, on lowish tide, on a 9m only OK powered on a TT, and a guy in front of me turns out of nowhere without looking. There was no way to avoid him, the kites tangle, my line snaps, and kites start looping. Total clusterfuck, so I...
by Strekke
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Firewire EVo versus Vader
Replies: 14
Views: 8369

Re: Firewire EVo versus Vader

Interesting opinion above - what board do you ride exaxtly? Or is it a custom?
by Strekke
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Neo, Dice or Evo for 12m
Replies: 12
Views: 8001

Re: Neo, Dice or Evo for 12m

If you want a North kite for low wind, why don't you just get their specific low-wind kite? The Mono has some serious low end and drifts nicely. Depending on your weight and which board you plan to ride in 14-16 knots, you might even get away with an 11m or even a 10m. Edit: just read that you are n...
by Strekke
Tue May 29, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?
Replies: 309
Views: 127408

Re: Is anyone else buying carbon credits to offset CO2 from travel?

I think it's mostly up to government to enforce extreme measures down our throat, but they are all sell outs, so nothing happens. Most people are too stupid to realize what's going on. Governments should enforce things like complete bans on all types of plastic; obligatory recycling and huuuuge taxe...
by Strekke
Sat May 26, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What qualities in kite translate to pull when turning/working the kite?
Replies: 5
Views: 3992

Re: What qualities in kite translate to pull when turning/working the kite?

The way the kite turns plays a role: pivotal turning kites turn almost on the spot around their wingtip, without generating power. Kites that turn in a wider arc generate pull when turning. There are probably a bunch of other factors at play too though. Enduro v2 could work for that. But if you're o...
by Strekke
Sun May 20, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Firewire EVo versus Vader
Replies: 14
Views: 8369

Re: Firewire EVo versus Vader

From my experience testing the Firewire boards (own Vanguard & Vader, tested Evo): Vanguard (thruster): earlier planing than Vader, easier to ride through the lulls, tracks very well upwind, more stable than Vader, a bit faster than Vader. Chopwise OK, especially if you ride it on its edge. Turns ar...
by Strekke
Fri May 18, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: new 2017/2018 Naish Boxer
Replies: 44
Views: 14288

Re: new 2017/2018 Naish Boxer

Backstalling occurs more often in light winds, so it could partially be a technique thing. However, the 2017/2018 Naish lines tend to stretch easily, resulting in longer front lines, making your kite prone to backstall. How often have you used your bar? If you've used it quite a few times, this coul...
by Strekke
Thu May 10, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: OneEye
Replies: 3
Views: 945

Re: OneEye

One eye is a powerful wave, breaking in super-shallow waters on a razorsharp reef, with cross-off shore winds and strong currents ready to take you out to Madagascar in no time. Even at high tide there is no margin for error - I think you've got about 2 feet of water between your board and the rocks...

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