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by FLandOBX
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Trouble finding board after crash
Replies: 19
Views: 1080

Re: Trouble finding board after crash

If you use a Go Joe, don't let it become a crutch. Use it to help spot your board, but don't use it as a propulsion device. In other words, once you spot your board, practice your body dragging back and forth to retrieve the board. Don't just wait for the wind and current to drive the Go Joe downwin...
by FLandOBX
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Trouble finding board after crash
Replies: 19
Views: 1080

Re: Trouble finding board after crash

rynhardt wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:15 pm
Lastly, put your name and mobile number on the board.
^^ This. :thumb:
by FLandOBX
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Florida in December - where is better ?
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Florida in December - where is better ?

Wind: The Keys will give you more consistent and reliable wind. For kiting, December is usually a good month for Florida, in general. Lunch: I can't comment on "lunch spots" (if I'm kiting, I skip lunch). Crowds: There are fewer launch spots in the Keys than in the Tampa Bay area (if you include Ft....
by FLandOBX
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 1951

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

I'm always amazed how many kiters don't use the thumbs-up for launch. I have seen at least 3-4 kiters just this week who either nod their head, yell "okay" or "let it go", or just stand their waiting for the person holding the kite to decide when to let it go. These are not beginners. They are exper...
by FLandOBX
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?
Replies: 38
Views: 1951

Re: What is the international signal for "Abort launch"?

edt wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:19 pm
.....what is the international signal for abort the launch, something is wrong?
Based on the variety of responses, I guess there is no "international signal" for abort. Lots of good ideas though.
by FLandOBX
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

... The 2018 Contra 19 m has more lower end grunt than the 2017 Apollo 16 m as might be expected. Despite the greater size the 19 m Contra has a smaller kite feel keeping things fun and functional. The wind range on both kites is good particularly the upper end with the 2017 Apollo. As a generality...
by FLandOBX
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Flamer's Paradise
Topic: Impending trade war: Tariffs affecting the kite industry?
Replies: 39
Views: 1978

Re: Impending trade war: Tariffs affecting the kite industry?

This is not the first time American foreign politics will have a major effect on kiting. Remember the Vietnam war, or the Korean war, when nobody in the entire world could kite for years after? Yeah, those days were the pits. No kites, no boards, no nothin'. Accessing KiteForum took days. Heck, I c...
by FLandOBX
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

I picked up the 19 m Contra as my lower end go to kite for this year. I have been happy with the range and performance. I weigh 84 kg (185 lbs.) and use a variety of board lengths depending on just how light the winds are. You should be happy with the 19 m, I am. It feels/flys like a smaller kite w...
by FLandOBX
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Hey, Bjorn. I'm 80 kgs and ride smaller TTs (132-135). I've used the Contra 17 a lot, and it has all the power I need or want. If the wind gets too light for the 17 Contra, I don't really want to kite. I have never used the Contra 19, but I imagine it's pretty slow and sluggish. I can't imagine the ...

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