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by Jyoder
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Multiple kites or multiple bars
Replies: 13
Views: 5156

Re: Multiple kites or multiple bars

Learning to foil is easier on a big kite, up to a point. Being powered makes it easier to muscle through mistakes with water starts and pointing too far up wind, etc. Everything happens slower with a big kite. However, the downside is once you are up on the foil, you get overpowered and let the bar ...
by Jyoder
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Nigel no mates
Replies: 76
Views: 18905

Re: Nigel no mates

Let’s go existential. What brought you to kiteboarding? For me it was to have a sailboat I could fit in the trunk of my car, and the fun of flying a controllable kite. I was never interested in boosting, “tricks” and the skater culture, but rather a dynamic personal experience of wind-powered moveme...
by Jyoder
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Short mast cons during learning
Replies: 6
Views: 2411

Re: Short mast cons during learning

I find if my front foot is too far forward, then I dolphin more because i’m leaning back too far to compensate. I’m on a full length LF mast. I doubt mast length makes much difference in this one regard, except that with a short mast you may be able to recover more easily by planing the board on the...
by Jyoder
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Flysurfer Peak 1 bar hole
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Flysurfer Peak 1 bar hole

I love my old Peak 1 bar (and kite). The only problem is the hole is round and small and it “bites” or grabs the line when making aggressive turns, making depowering harder while turning due to lots of friction. Anyone ever try to grind it out with a Dremel? What is under the padding next to the hole?
by Jyoder
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: board sport risk comparison
Replies: 24
Views: 2839

Re: board sport risk comparison

The risk is not just skin laceration but also increased risk of bruising and internal bleeding. Harness fit and type are important to prevent this. Also, if you do get scratched when you’re in the water, you can’t always tell you are bleeding as the evidence is washed away. That said, I think conser...
by Jyoder
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: DIY bar strength?
Replies: 17
Views: 1572

Re: DIY bar strength?

Like many things in kiting, lighter weight gear is usually better, but is this really true with the control bar? Anyone have experience comparing heavy vs light bars and have an opinion? Now that I think about it, I do really like the feel of my tiny ultra light no frills Flysurfer Peak 1 bar for la...
by Jyoder
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: DIY bar strength?
Replies: 17
Views: 1572

DIY bar strength?

How strong does a bar have to be? If unhooked and boosting, it must me very strong of course, to handle the full force of the kite and rider weight. However, if always hooked in and mostly foiling, how strong does it really need to be to handle the pull of the steering lines? I’m considering shaping...
by Jyoder
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What you think to learn balance?
Replies: 14
Views: 1255

Re: What you think to learn balance?

I think riding a longboard skateboard would be more helpful. I had never ridden any type of board much before kiting. I spent my first winter longboarding and landboard kiting and in the spring I noticed a big difference as I started foiling.
by Jyoder
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 31
Views: 4889

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

Yep, been there. Having more wind definitely helps, but it really is just a matter of experience and time. At first I had a hard time turning the foil cross or upwind after water start and the kite would crash because I was pointing too far downwind. Takes some time to get a feel for the stance and ...
by Jyoder
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you teach foilboarding?
Replies: 11
Views: 9688

Re: How do you teach foilboarding?

Teaching myself and don’t have exp with anything else, but I really like how my small strapless low volume board dives into the water and stops when I crash instead of jumping up and hitting me, running away downwind, or jumping through my lines. From a safety perspective, this offsets the cost of m...

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