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by Matteo V
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: surfboard vs directional kite board
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: surfboard vs directional kite board

Any good tips on learning jibing with straps? I've been out few times with Sector 60 and could not complete a jibe to save my life :D . Learning the "standard jibe" goes like this: A. Before you start your carve, pull your back foot out of the back foot strap and place it in front of the back foot ...
by Matteo V
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North fin boxes
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: North fin boxes

There is no benefit to using Polyester resin in a repair like this. Epoxy is stronger and compatible with any laminate or core material. Epoxy can be a bit brittle, but if you are worried about that, use West System "G-flex" liquid. It does not wet out as well on fabric, but it can be used in that a...
by Matteo V
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Transitioning from a TT to a Surfboard! What do I need to know?
Replies: 27
Views: 11899

Re: Transitioning from a TT to a Surfboard! What do I need to know?

-No straps, no leash (if you learn with straps you will always have that crutch) This is definitely one point of view. So here we go with the strap fight. Learn to jibe with a high success rate with the straps first. Because it is harder to jibe with straps, you will be able to jibe pretty much aut...
by Matteo V
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Transitioning from a TT to a Surfboard! What do I need to know?
Replies: 27
Views: 11899

Re: Transitioning from a TT to a Surfboard! What do I need to know?

Anyone else admit to actually liking a TT more than a surf board? I used to love the ride of a TT in the waves. It is fast, you have the best ramps you can get, and there is almost no limit to what you can do when you don't have to jibe. I have moved on from TT's a long time ago and only use a dire...
by Matteo V
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North fin boxes
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: North fin boxes

I had a 2012? North Whip that I loved. It was super light, until I needed to add glass to the deck to make it stronger, and then later I broke out the fin boxes. North uses (or did that year) some cheap knock off boxes for futures that had no structural support. I think that North's idea was to get ...
by Matteo V
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 331
Views: 95002

Re: Best bankrupt?

If they would just have the kite factory dig out the prints for the 2008-2010 Waroo and sell them for $350; could be number 1 in the industry! Bring out a $99-$150 kite bar... I'm up for a multi point inflation (not one pump) 2011 Best Kahoona with the only tweak being a wider trailing edge like on...
by Matteo V
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Flamer's Paradise
Topic: Impending trade war: Tariffs affecting the kite industry?
Replies: 39
Views: 2046

Re: Impending trade war: Tariffs affecting the kite industry?

......Trump’s plan is to empower smaller companies like kite companies that are run more like a family business than big draconian global corporations. It’s GOOD NEWS! Not war news 🙄 ????? Tell that to America's small farmers. No one knows how these things will play out. But "consensus" (longest cu...
by Matteo V
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bar Sizing
Replies: 6
Views: 1861

Re: Bar Sizing

I know a medium bar may be better like a 48-52cm - but saw a good deal on a 44 fixed length. Advice would be great. Thanks in advance. Small bars are cheap because they are less versatile, but they do fill a niche in that they help slow down the turning of the kite as is desirable for wakestyle. La...
by Matteo V
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is directional more fun than door in LW?
Replies: 26
Views: 12776

Re: Is directional more fun than door in LW?

...but you cant really do anything on a sector except ride back and forth in a straight line Above is SO not true :wink: Peter is right about this part because of the physics. In clean winds , a freerace board will have more speed and thus generate more apparent wind. Think of it as half (more like...
by Matteo V
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is directional more fun than door in LW?
Replies: 26
Views: 12776

Re: Is directional more fun than door in LW?

Wind quality is very important to your decision. Clean winds (can be clean winds on inland lakes too) favor building apparent wind with speed. Thus the large fins of a sector can be exploited to your benefit by just getting up to speed and staying there. Only clean winds allow this. Dirty winds at l...

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