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by Flyboy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 119
Views: 8436

Re: Fatality in France

Can we please stop telling people we don’t know how much wind they can ride in safely. If you don’t know them or their local, you have no idea what they are capable of, so stop pretending you do. Thank you. Exactly! I'm perfectly capable of riding in 80 kt winds with my 12m. What gives anyone the r...
by Flyboy
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 119
Views: 8436

Re: Fatality in France

the wind speed would go from 30-50 knots. WOW, I do not know how anyone could ride in those conditions. Remember that the force of the wind is exponential to the wind speed. How do you see the gusts coming in the surf? You simply rig for the gusts and work the kite to generate it's own power in lul...
by Flyboy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 119
Views: 8436

Re: Fatality in France

foam-n-fibre wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:14 am
P.S. that vid above is Lake Ontario. Yes, we need strong wind to get good waves there.
40 knots? No. Something over 25 knots is good. I would say 30 knots is just about perfect with a 5m kite. Over 35 knots it's too windy to ride waves wth any kind of control.
by Flyboy
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 119
Views: 8436

Re: Fatality in France

The problem here is: 40 knots. That's insane. Feel sorry for the guys family. That's what I was thinking. I think of it in snowboarding slope difficulty ratings... 10-20kts = Green - Beginner 20-25kts = Blue - Intermediate - Slightly more challenging, more skill needed 25-30kts = Black Diamond - Ad...
by Flyboy
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to self launch a kite
Replies: 31
Views: 2933

Re: How to self launch a kite

I use (still) the weighted wing method. I learned this back in the early C-kite days & never really switched to the tethered technique. I don't think it's problematic if done properly. Always make sure the bridle lines are pulled clear of the kite & stretched out so that they cannot snag on the wing...
by Flyboy
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?
Replies: 23
Views: 1304

Re: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?

lot of theories lol so little science. You know I re-read the original post and I think you guys might be on to something for him I think it might just be UV radiation. The itchiness is key because when you get sunblind one symptom is your eyes get itchy. When I get this redness I get it in both sa...
by Flyboy
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Felt like I Nearly Drowned
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: Felt like I Nearly Drowned

Light wind and big waves = I have learned to say NO - turn around and go skateboarding or something Big waves and rented equipment (you are unfamiliar with, may be tuned wrong, may fail on you at any time) - NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.... This! Unless you're a huge guy, you shouldn't be going out in big w...
by Flyboy
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?
Replies: 23
Views: 1304

Re: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?

It does not have to be E coli or some other nasty bacteria that is causing the problem, it could simply be some naturally occurring matter - like pollen - that you are allergic to. I guess it's possible that higher levels of salinity combined with warmer water could also cause the reaction.
by Flyboy
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?
Replies: 23
Views: 1304

Re: Red itchy eyes *only* in warm/tropical water (even with goggles), why?

My suggestion: it's possible that there's something in the water that you're allergic to. Whatever that something is, may not be present in the colder water.
by Flyboy
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Visibility of low-volume strapless board
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Re: Visibility of low-volume strapless board

Just don't use the ducky during hunting season.

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