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by iriejohn
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

On reflection the clearest is

1. Arm raised with thumb up to indicate launch now.

2. Arm down pointing at the ground to indicate do not launch.
by iriejohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to enlarge the Naish Apex straps? (Neo shoes, boots)
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: How to enlarge the Naish Apex straps? (Neo shoes, boots)

I thought it was just me struggling to get a fit with boots on. Thought maybe I'd been sold a wrong size. Like the idea of trying your mod out but struggling to find it in the UK. If you buy 50mm self adhesive Velcro (for example from Amazon/Halford's) you can easily extend the Apex straps by makin...
by iriejohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

We use hand on head when the kite is already flying. Thumb up and thumb down are pre-launch signals. Hand on head is better and there is no reason why it couldn't be used when launching or why there should be different signal to abort launch. I've seen a situation when kiter had some problems and u...
by iriejohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ozone Zephyr 2018/9 - weight of the kite, please? Good option for strapless freestyle LW kite?
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Ozone Zephyr 2018/9 - weight of the kite, please? Good option for strapless freestyle LW kite?

Confirmation - my as yet unused Zephyr V5 weighs 4.355kg = 9.60lb

Also, when laid out and compared with my 12m Enduro V2 (which imo is true to size) the Zephyr measures ~5m more so is also true to size.
by iriejohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

We use hand on head when the kite is already flying. Thumb up and thumb down are pre-launch signals.
by iriejohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

But many times it is hard to see a thumb up or down! Hand on head, being the international signal for landing the kite is clearer. When coming in hand on head means I want to land. When launching thumb up means ready to launch. When launching thumb down means do not launch. Now tell me: what do you...
by iriejohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

Toby wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:28 am
But many times it is hard to see a thumb up or down!
Hand on head, being the international signal for landing the kite is clearer.
When coming in hand on head means I want to land.

When launching thumb up means ready to launch.

When launching thumb down means do not launch.
by iriejohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

Agree with you 100% If I have little trim left and it feels like the wind is going to increase then I come in and land before it becomes problematic. Discretion is the better part of valour. Why is coming in overpowered more dangerous compared to starting in overpowered conditions? I didn't say or ...
by iriejohn
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

I also strongly feel like the most dangerous aspect of kiting is trying to come in and land an overpowered kite. Agree with you 100% If I have little trim left and it feels like the wind is going to increase then I come in and land before it becomes problematic. Discretion is the better part of val...
by iriejohn
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 105
Views: 6973

Re: Fatality in France

tomtom wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:36 pm
yea, but you can use fixed setup /no slider/. Whole loop in to hook is wrong idea if you arent unhooking. But too far OT. My fault.
RIP.
Yes, I can do this using a fixed ring on the centre of my Dynabar spreader bar but prefer rope (and see above).

Yes, RIP. :(

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