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by BWD
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner question:how to turn kite faster?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Beginner question:how to turn kite faster?

To me sounds like he has figured out how to edge the board and pull on the bar. First instinct is often, “it’s not working, do it harder” which only causes failure when trying to gain momentum and speed with kite and board. When you sine the kite you also need to sine the board. Steering kite, edgin...
by BWD
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Hacks for an older, poorly performing kite?
Replies: 3
Views: 816

Re: Hacks for an older, poorly performing kite?

Try tuning it at the bar to make sure it is not being choked by bridle or line stretch etc. does it fly better with an inch or so of depower trim? If so maybe problemIs simply lines. If it is maybe kinda better but still not right when trimmed a little, perhaps bridle?... etc. 200 sessions is a lot ...
by BWD
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Holes in aluminum mast
Replies: 20
Views: 1742

Re: Holes in aluminum mast

Isn't discussing marginal weight changes on foils kind of useless for most of us? If you are sticking with a maker/foil set that is coming in at 3.5-4.5kg (ie: the major kite brands) it may be pointless. A 3.8kg foil is nicer than a 4.5kg foil but doesn’t come from the same maker. But going from so...
by BWD
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Surfboard for a beginner?
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: Surfboard for a beginner?

Something made for light wind if kite specific, and in the largest size. If not a “kitesurf” board, go for something epoxy sandwich construction, like old “surf tech” or maybe torq or something like that. Probably a “fish” or “grovel” style with low tail rocker, 20-22” wide, 5’10” + as a guess. If y...
by BWD
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Holes in aluminum mast
Replies: 20
Views: 1742

Re: Holes in aluminum mast

Al fuselages can bend, hollow or solid. Pretty light tubing from mast to stab could work, but need careful reinforcement, and end up costing too close to carbon but still weaker. Near mast and main wing solid is better, obviously. Heavier gauge pipe for a fuselage could work but not have a great fin...
by BWD
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release
Replies: 99
Views: 10485

Re: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release

3/16 straight terminal works fine for me since 2016. Trim length a little so you don’t cut fingers on projecting end. Bends etc are not needed. Could you please link exact type - im still searching - Also maybe whole setup picture. many thanks!!! t. Here is the best picture I have at the moment, it...
by BWD
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release
Replies: 99
Views: 10485

Re: Stainless steel pins used in leash quick release

3/16 straight terminal works fine for me since 2016.
Trim length a little so you don’t cut fingers on projecting end.
Bends etc are not needed.
by BWD
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Pauwlonia vs. Western Red Cedar (for a TwinTip core)
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Pauwlonia vs. Western Red Cedar (for a TwinTip core)

WRC is stronger and stffer. Rot resistant, used for boats, house siding and roofs. Works easily but doesn’t like to be heat/steam bent. You can do two layer core for rocker control, just make a longer, thin blank, plane it flat and cut approximately in half - top half can be shorter if you like. Bon...
by BWD
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How much do channels really impact grip?
Replies: 19
Views: 1518

Re: How much do channels really impact grip?

:thumb: can’t spin out/ventilate if it only has one side
by BWD
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Strapless Progression Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: Strapless Progression Advice

Spend some time each session riding with your feet close together. Incrementally move them closer to each other until you can kite with only a one foot distance between your feet. You will find the balance point for each point of sail or condition and it will make footwork easier for maneuvers etc. ...

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