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by TomW
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: BIRD FLU
Replies: 29
Views: 3474

The cartoon is funny. Humor is always good in the face of disaster. Many of you younger "i´m imortal" types are gonna poo-ba me, but here i go: This is very very serious. Our friend with the biologist wife is right. Here in Europe we have wild birds dieing, even up here in Sweden. The cats are go...
by TomW
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lightwind>Bows
Replies: 34
Views: 4622

I surfed with my new Windwing Rapture 2-16,5 m in a full range of winds for 8hrs of water time in Egypt Nov 2005. 75kg and kiting 3 years, board is OR Mako 150x34cm previous kite Naish Aero 2 18m2 and current owner of WW Rage 17. The Rapture 2 was the best so far for me. Flys and stays up in very li...
by TomW
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite performance tips - Flat vs C
Replies: 10
Views: 1528

Excelllent,

Now we can learn how to FLY the kite. Have as much knowledge on trim as the big boat sailors and sail plane pilots.

I´m happy to have a flying machine that can be controlled.

TW
by TomW
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New Bladderless Best Kite
Replies: 33
Views: 5326

The bladderless kite should be called the Stomi (bag).

(no offence and apologies to anyone who has to have a stomi-bag.)

TW
by TomW
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What is inverting?
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

i suppose there is an easy way out of this situation. If you have an Oh Shit handle on one of the front or rear lines ( as reccommended by the kite maker) then you can grab the Oh shit handle and ditch the bar. Then the kite flags out.

Not a re-ride situation but it may save your ass.

TW
by TomW
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How? Do you start from a Boat.
Replies: 29
Views: 4077

i would not do this on a boat with sharp stuff on it, nor a large boat that does not have a big clear deck or swim platform.

I did it from a small Zodiac.

TW
by TomW
Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How? Do you start from a Boat.
Replies: 29
Views: 4077

Never thought of the bucket idea. Smart, like the guys doing crab fishing on Discovery. Never thought of how to get picked up by boat, but thought boat would grab kite first, drag it onboard and and then motor to kiter, staying upwind of lines. Kiter rolls up lines when on board. Any one use those k...
by TomW
Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How? Do you start from a Boat.
Replies: 29
Views: 4077

I learned how to do this i France during a week of lessons. We body dragged from the boat 2km out in onshore conditions. Pump up kite on beach. Rig all the lines and bar as if you are going to launch. Bar down wind. Carfully wrap lines on bar and tie off with some line. Deflat the LE, put bar in mid...
by TomW
Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kiting in Greece
Replies: 33
Views: 4564

See ya all at Mirkli Vigla and SW Naxos in July. Got the whole month! Yee Haa!

Need these thoughts...its -5 and bloody cold out.

TW
by TomW
Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: KITESURFING TO BECOME AN OLYMPIC SPORT.
Replies: 28
Views: 3807

It´s gotta be TV friendly. You can´t ge the kite and the kiter in the frame at the same time and still see the kiter close up. Need helicopters and jetskis and such with lots of cameras. No wind no kiting no predictability. Maybe kite-cross= crashes, danger, blood, bodily injury and death=TV TW

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