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by AGK
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: too light to drift downwind?
Replies: 18
Views: 1688

too light to drift downwind?

Yesterday I was foiling in about 12 knots with some downwind current and 2 foot wind chop. I have recently started using a much lighter 68cm mast and fuse (Project Cedrus http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14778 ) with Cloud 9 S24 wings (same as Liquid Force impulse wings) ...
by AGK
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fun little video
Replies: 18
Views: 1290

Re: Fun little video

Great video!! Stoke, style, and humor -- IMHO, one of the best posted on this site. Thanks!
by AGK
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: BRM Clouds arbitrage opportunity
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

Re: BRM Clouds arbitrage opportunity

I think Greg does a great job of balancing R&D, stoke, customer service, and the need to make a living. If he sells kites to you, he takes that as a commitment to service those kites. If they get passed on to people in other countries or situations where he does not what to commit to his high level ...
by AGK
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?
Replies: 61
Views: 6536

Re: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?

I have found that the Cloud IX S24 (LF Impulse) surf wings are MUCH easier for me to handle overpowered in rough water than my previous smaller non-surf wings (Stringy and Alpine Access). If I park the kite high and depower, I can cruise along upwind or stay in good control downwind. In the same con...
by AGK
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??
Replies: 29
Views: 2083

Re: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??

+1 for learning strapless. I'm a rider of (barely) average ability who took more than average time to learn to foil. Strapless may have slowed me down some, but I never felt remotely like I would hurt my knees or ankles during my thousands of crashes. And now that I'm decent at it, I feel like the a...
by AGK
Mon May 21, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings
Replies: 18
Views: 11075

Re: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings

What message are Slingy and LF sending that they have to go to competitors and incorporate their wings? Are they not innovative enough to come up with their own? I think the message they are sending is that they are working to grow the sport by supporting smaller businesses and individuals with goo...
by AGK
Tue May 01, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar
Replies: 20
Views: 9026

Re: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar

Following on Horst's point, someone had a line break under load a few minutes after having it caught in the foil at our spot this week. Fortunately no major damage or injury this time. If you get your lines caught, make sure you check them for abrasion!
by AGK
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Outer Banks foiling spots
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

I've ridden often at the nags head event site/windmill Point spot and would not be eager to foil there with a >70cm mast. There are many shallow areas where you would have a hard time restarting if you come off foil, unless you are very good, have a short mast, and/or ride overpowered. My peeve abo...
by AGK
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil vs TT at Body/Board dragging!
Replies: 29
Views: 4424

Re: Foil vs TT at Body/Board dragging!

I've been trying with very limited success to figure out shallow-water dragging -- this is an incredibly helpful thread -- please keep the detailed descriptions and pictures coming. Thanks!!!!
by AGK
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safest Control Bar
Replies: 85
Views: 11902

Re: Safest Control Bar

It is quite a problem than the BRM does a full release right away because sometimes releases happen inadvertently when you hand touch the QR system the wrong way. It can happens while doing a gibe, a tack or something else. When it happens I definitely prefer the kite to flag than to go away. I've ...

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