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by Flight Time
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

Bain wrote:That doesn't look like Florida.
Dude, I kinda live there. For like 35 years.
by Flight Time
Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

You know, Westozzy, that looks suspiciously like Tampa Bay. :lol: I don't see the Skyway bridge, so it might not be there, but am I correct in guessing that it's a Florida location?
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot swivel is rusted and frozen
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: Slingshot swivel is rusted and frozen

I think any line swivel is of little value anyway because they won't spin with any tension on the lines. The lines will twist before the swivel moves, no matter how nice the swivel. Better to have it on the loop so you can deal directly with the inevitable twists.
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air
Replies: 78
Views: 11676

Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

That clip with the guy busting that huge boardoff at 3:30 was nice. A huge boost with a single boardoff held for a solid 3 seconds was more impressive to me than most of the windmills and megaloops. There was one nice megaloop at 2:17 by Nick Jacobsen. Dude was completely inverted as he looped it. L...
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot swivel is rusted and frozen
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: Slingshot swivel is rusted and frozen

Makes me think of my time in Bogota Colombia. I lived there for close to 2 years teaching English, and the metal fabricator down the street worked out of a garage, and could make me pretty much anything I needed out of stainless, really cheap. Tiny parts for remote control cars to auto parts. I neve...
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

:thumb: :beer: If i was Supa rich $$$$$$$$$$ i would buy all you guys on KF complete kites with lines on..... ....and conduct an experiment :wink: Now...if all your kites had bar/lines ...would you leave them on ? Or just by habit....still take them off ? Prolly take them off the first couple times...
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

Oh, downwind is better if you are new, or not good at keeping the geometry of four lines and their positions straight mentally and need a visual reference to make sure you did it right.

They all have something to give.
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

No significant advantage except it makes a solo drag launch fast and possible even. That line diagram for the upwind launch above is not possible to drag launch without moving the kite out of the middle of the lines. Running lines crosswind or downwind makes them harder to untangle and hard to keep ...
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?
Replies: 101
Views: 8233

Re: Laying out lines: Upwind or Downwind?

You can do all of the same things in Crosswind "J" method. Put your bar upwind or crosswind from the kite. Run your lines slightly past the kite on the downwind side. Look and see your lines are straight. Flip your line manager 180 degrees toward the kite. Hook up and go. I'm not sure you understan...
by Flight Time
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Connecting your Kite lines
Replies: 26
Views: 1720

Re: Connecting your Kite lines

The way that Cab image goes about showing an upwind rigging is idiocy. Its a great way to rig if you are looking to snare human helpers like hogs. As they unknowingly step between your lines to give you a launch, you give a little jerk to the lines, the lines wrap around a foot, and bingo! Dinner! :...

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