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by Bletti
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Maui, Hawaii - La Morne, Mauritius - Cape Town, which should be visited first?
Replies: 14
Views: 1225

Re: Maui, Hawaii - La Morne, Mauritius - Cape Town, which should be visited first?

I'm thinking of doing a 2 week trip to Maui either early April or May for waves and foiling. Which is a better month or are both reasonably good?
by Bletti
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 18
Views: 1591

Re: Pocket board building

Looks good. Great idea. I might look for a damaged blank to shape down for a pocketboard myself. I was thinking of doing a divinicell core but this could be cheaper.

Please post more photos as you build. I'm curious how you'll reinforce the bolt holes and how light it ends up being.
by Bletti
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Light Years Ahead - The Airush Ultra V2
Replies: 39
Views: 14650

Re: Light Years Ahead - The Airush Ultra V2

Still heavy compared with BRM Cloud D (~30-50% more). The 8.0 D_0 (1.65kg) is the same weight as a 5m Ultra 2 and the 8.0m D_1 (1.90kg) (one strut version) is the same weight as the 6m Ultra 2. 4m Uno2 weighs 1.3kg which is also light (and much cheaper!) compared with the Ultra2 4m at 1.48kg (BRM Cl...
by Bletti
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Wave Kite
Topic: Neo, Dice or Evo for 12m
Replies: 12
Views: 9315

Re: Neo, Dice or Evo for 12m

Yeah, the mono sounds like what you're after.
by Bletti
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch kite EU import tax ?
Replies: 5
Views: 4473

Re: Switch kite EU import tax ?

As far as I know, Switch uses a EU based warehouse for distribution in the EU and the prices already include VAT.
by Bletti
Sat May 05, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Kiteracer
Topic: Paris Olympics 2024 - Official Statement from US Sailing
Replies: 6
Views: 3482

Re: Paris Olympics 2024 - Official Statement from US Sailing

Mixed team as in they use a tandem twin tip or is there a tandem foil? :P
by Bletti
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?
Replies: 33
Views: 11640

Re: Epirb? flares? 2 way radio set to maritime channel, cell ph in a waterproof case?

I use to use a spot tracker years ago on my motorcycle (and later a Delorme tracker sailing that does two way satellite text messages) but I think a semi waterproof phone inside a waterproof pouch is far more useful to coordinate with people that might be able to react (at least in most kitesurfing ...
by Bletti
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Lineup
Replies: 109
Views: 37062

Re: Switch Lineup

I'm not a kite designer so I don't know exactly how flattening it out would affect turning amongst all the variables they've changed, but I think you get a more efficient kite for a given weight and potentially more power with less wasted fabric. BRM Clouds are flatter than most kites and they turn...
by Bletti
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Lineup
Replies: 109
Views: 37062

Re: Switch Lineup

I'm not a kite designer so I don't know exactly how flattening it out would affect turning amongst all the variables they've changed, but I think you get a more efficient kite for a given weight and potentially more power with less wasted fabric. BRM Clouds are flatter than most kites and they turn ...
by Bletti
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Lineup
Replies: 109
Views: 37062

Re: Switch Lineup

Yes, I think the new 7m-12m Helium 3 is essentially a refined and lightened evolution of the Element 5. Both have a similar aspect ratio but the helium is flatter giving a higher projected area per size which I think is a good thing for foil/wave.

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