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by Flyboy
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2017 Kite Sales
Replies: 8
Views: 994

Re: 2017 Kite Sales

Don't you know that since the new 2018 models have been released all 2017 model kites are now obselete?!?! Genius kite designers all had their annual simultaneous revelation in kite design! Now all the wingtips are slightly different/better, the leading edges are thinner but also more durable, and ...
by Flyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting nazare
Replies: 10
Views: 1476

Re: Kiting nazare

This to me is kiteboarding in front of the big wave. The man is never on the face a any stage really. No critical wave riding. I hated this wave before this video and I hate it even more now I don't know if anybody has posted this yet, but here's Andrew Cotton seriously injuring himself at Nazare: ...
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!

Looked ... & found this:

https://vimeo.com/135142458

pretty awesome footage, including the opening "scan shot".

And this one from Jaws:

https://vimeo.com/88416135
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!

Yeah, but seriously: what has always bugged me is kitesurfing, or windsurfing, or surfing shots that DON'T show the setting - just close-ups of the rider, often from water level. Drones have, for the first time, allowed a more expansive view of the setting. This is especially fascinating with specta...
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which Bar?
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Re: Which Bar?

I would add: kites fly differently. Some fly more on their front lines & stall easily if they have too much back line tension. Other kites will keep flying with more back line tension. I use Liquid Force NRGs in sizes 12m & 10m - these are very powerful kites that work with a fair amount of back lin...
by Flyboy
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Kite companies can you please stop the drone hype!

Or some 20yr old wake up and brush their teeth while giving us deep life advice Exactly! I actually love those drone scenery shots! Gives a good sense of the overall lay of the land (water) & where the break is (if there is one). I don't like videos that concentrate on close-ups without any sense o...
by Flyboy
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendations for a kite
Replies: 39
Views: 1679

Re: Recommendations for a kite

You are way overthinking this . Here's what you should do: If you started windsurfing in 1978, I'm guessing you're not a youngster. Forget twin tips - you don't need one if you're not going to do unhooked & handle passes. Get a good, flattish rockered directional, like a North Nugget, or something ...
by Flyboy
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendations for a kite
Replies: 39
Views: 1679

Re: Recommendations for a kite

Interestingly, at my local spot there are a bunch of windsurfers, including some who kite & windsurf. When conditions are optimal I can understand it. Windsurfing in Maui-like conditions with sideshore wind & big peeling waves beats kitesurfing in those conditions IMO, but in onshore wind & inconsis...
by Flyboy
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendations for a kite
Replies: 39
Views: 1679

Re: Recommendations for a kite

Here's the deal: kites are much more efficient than windsurfers in marginal conditions. The ability to create apparent wind by moving the kite far exceeds what is possible on a windsurfer by pumping. That means a kite gives you more range than a windsurfing sail & more ability to ride through lulls....
by Flyboy
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite companies - please stop the wakestyle hype!
Replies: 119
Views: 8771

Re: Kite companies - please stop the wakestyle hype!

Seems to me the basic appeal of kitesurfing comes down to two distinct elements: carving & jumping. At my local spots practically everybody is riding surfboards, mostly strapless, so it's rare to see anyone jumping, let alone wake styling. That's because carving is inherently a beautiful sensation -...

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