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by FLandOBX
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Darkslide back foot keeps coming out
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Darkslide back foot keeps coming out

Hey, lovethepirk. By "back foot", I assume you mean the one engaging your darkslide, or the lower foot during the slide. With chop (and to a lesser extent with flat water), darkslides are easier if you lay out your body really low to the water. If you try a darkslide in a more upright position, the ...
by FLandOBX
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone have TSA issues having kite gear in their carry on flying?
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Anyone have TSA issues having kite gear in their carry on flying?

Because of others' reported TSA issues, I make it a point to never pack a bar in my carry-on bag. Harness and pump should be okay, but personally, I would try to fit my bar into a checked bag.
by FLandOBX
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Calling all fatties!
Replies: 26
Views: 1525

Re: Calling all fatties!

Hey, doh!, what board are you using now? I don't qualify to give you an opinion based on your criteria (I'm 80 kg or so), but I can try to get this thread back on track. :-? You asked about boards. :o If your kite quiver ranges from 7 m to 17 m, then I'd suggest you'll need at least two boards. The ...
by FLandOBX
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Jester - The Duke's courtyard entertainer
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: The Jester - The Duke's courtyard entertainer

At 0:29 and 0:54. Seals? River Otters? :o
by FLandOBX
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?
Replies: 34
Views: 1505

Re: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?

If you say mast (not strut), you'd refer to your rig as a sail (not kite), and you'd call yourself a sailboarder (not kiteboarder). I can't go there. :-?
by FLandOBX
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Remember my arm problems? Much better now! Here is the story
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: Remember my arm problems? Much better now! Here is the story

Interesting arm brace (at forearm and elbow). Where exactly was your pain, Toby? I have used a wrist brace to help alleviate elbow pain, but yours does not immobilize the wrist (more at the elbow?). Glad you found something that's working.
by FLandOBX
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for board offs in thick booties?
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: Tips for board offs in thick booties?

At 46 degree water temps, I'd probably leave my feet in the straps for extra warmth. :o But that's not helpful. Sorry. I am a fan of neoprene dive socks, too, and very loose straps. Honestly, with 5 ml booties, I'm not surprised you have a challenge with your board offs. Combined with a thick wet su...
by FLandOBX
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Documentary on Nick Jacobsen
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: Documentary on Nick Jacobsen

A lot of us are current or former windsurfers, but probably very few of us have paid much attention to Olympics windsurfing. Like most, I gave up windsurfing for kiting, but I still have friends who windsurf. I really don't think their equipment choices, riding style, or competitive endeavors are in...
by FLandOBX
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: washing the kite after use make the difference?
Replies: 26
Views: 2046

Re: washing the kite after use make the difference?

I remember seeing this article on The Kiteboarder a while back - https://www.thekiteboarder.com/2011/08/6-tips-to-make-your-kite-last-longer/ I don't think it hurts to rinse a kite with fresh water occasionally. For those who don't rinse the kite, how often do you pump up and thoroughly inspect the...
by FLandOBX
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: washing the kite after use make the difference?
Replies: 26
Views: 2046

Re: washing the kite after use make the difference?

I usually kite in salt water off sandy beaches. I don't wash my kite, but I think it's a good idea to occasionally blow sand/salt/etc out of creases (LE, struts) with an air compressor. Lots of abrasive material gets lodged in the crease between the canopy and the LE over time. Good to blow it out.

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