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by Flyboy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Boosting only one way
Replies: 11
Views: 3166

Re: Boosting only one way

Kiting 18 years. Can only really boost one direction. The origin of that: when I started kiting, on 2 line kites, it was so *#*@! hard I didn't waste energy trying to jump the side I was less comfortable with. My "good" side was my stronger side from windsurfing & came from the locations I windsurfe...
by Flyboy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help me complete my quiver: 80 kg rider
Replies: 13
Views: 4015

Re: Help me complete my quiver: 80 kg rider

Here's the thing: a 12m should get you up & planning on your board in 12 - 13 knots & fully powered in 14 - 15 knots. A 15m will get you planning in 11 - 12 knots & a 17m in 10 - 11 knots. The 12m will remain useable up to about 20 knots, but the bigger kites will start to feel uncomfortable much ea...
by Flyboy
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 36
Views: 9320

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

I started pg in 2007 - flew a lot until 2012...when I switched entirely to kiting. I haven't pg'd since. As many have stated, pg risks can be mitigated and most accidents are indeed pilot error...I simply decided for me kiting was more fun and although yes, kiting too has risks, they don't rise to ...
by Flyboy
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help me complete my quiver: 80 kg rider
Replies: 13
Views: 4015

Re: Help me complete my quiver: 80 kg rider

I agree with tautologies: I weigh a little bit more than you & haven't used anything bigger than a 12m kite for years (although I only use a surfboard). Honestly, big kites suck. They are slow & heavy. A 12m kite like a Switchblade should get you planing in anything above 12 knots, with decent techn...
by Flyboy
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 36
Views: 9320

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

None of the PPG accidents in these videos seem that serious ... although I'm sure there have been serious/fatal accidents. I'm supposing that a "power glider" is much more expensive & not easily transportable. After posting to this thread,I discovered that there is a PPG school right in the next tow...
by Flyboy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 36
Views: 9320

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

One other question: if you learn on a PPG, do the skills translate directly to a PG?
by Flyboy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Would I learn faster by shortening the kite lines?
Replies: 11
Views: 3178

Re: Would I learn faster by shortening the kite lines?

Schools often use short lines to teach kite control on the beach - it reduces the ability to produce power & therefore the possibility of injury, while still teaching the principles of kite positioning & the power window. I'm not sure any schools use then to teach when you're actual starting to get ...
by Flyboy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any paragliding pilots around here?
Replies: 36
Views: 9320

Re: Any paragliding pilots around here?

I was interested in learning to PG. PPG seem less appealing because of the noise (I'm assuming it's really loud). The essentially appealing thing about PG is simply being up in the air - "flying" - never mind the aerobatic heroics. The question is: how long does the appeal of simply being up in the ...
by Flyboy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pivot Unbaised Review. Good Kite For Surf?
Replies: 30
Views: 11232

Re: Pivot Unbaised Review. Good Kite For Surf?

Interested to read this thread, even though I don't use Naish kites. My waves kites are Cabos. They are great for waves but suck for jumping - you need to be really juiced to get any height out of a jump & even then there's not much float. My assumption is that that is the price you pay for having a...
by Flyboy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Southern Italy
Replies: 16
Views: 3079

Re: Southern Italy

piccio wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:37 pm
puglia region is better for kiting (other side)
Why is it better? What side is the "other side"? :-?

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