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Bloody bladders......

Postby MrBonk » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:31 pm

Clearly I wasn't meant to kite yesterday.........

I get to the beach and start pumping up my 16. First strut bladder I pump up is twisted so badly it's deforming the strut. After a couple of minutes of swearing/jiggling/flapping, I get it to a point where it's workable, but still not right. I get to the same bladder on the other end of the kite....exactly the same thing :-? However, no amount of 'manipulation' gets rid of the twist. So, I give up and get my 14 out of the car instead. Halfway through pumping up the LE, the centre strut bladder bursts. :roll:

So anyway, in light of the fact that a strut bladder on my 12 has also burst less than a month ago, I'm wondering if I should be doing the old 'preventative maintenance' thing a little more diligently.

How often do the rest of you guys remove the bladders and clean out the pockets of your kites?

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Postby windyboy » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:35 pm

what kind of kite is it isa it he hell fish then it would explain why that happened. :lol:

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Postby Carlos_C » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:40 pm

Don't have bladders.........makes life a lot easier...

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Postby Tom183 » Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:34 am

That's the price you pay for superior performance, right?

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Postby Puetz » Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:15 am


I feel your pain dude, I spent a whole week repairing struts on my X4, one would go, repaired it for next days sail, then another one, then two went, what the fu#k is going on, is this candit camera or what. Now, they are all ok, what a week for it to happen, we were on a 11 days straight of wind and sailing around with one or two struts down, shitty. Kite went ok but you sure can feel it.

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Postby jakemoore » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:09 am

Can't say I've ever had that problem.

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Postby bay surfer » Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:39 am

1. foils
2. Delta kite(no inflation there)
3. Be a surfer.

Ps I hate when that happens

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Postby Darktanyan » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:56 pm

Have a backup kite.

Inflatables just aren't dependable!

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Re: Bloody bladders......

Postby mx5alan » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:38 pm

MrBonk wrote:How often do the rest of you guys remove the bladders and clean out the pockets of your kites?
Never - I fly ARC's :thumb:
but I do check over the kites every now and then or if it ends as a no-wind session.

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Postby R1ck » Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:51 pm

if hitting the twisted portion and movin it around slightly inflated doesnt work, bust off ur fith line leader and hook it on the nipple...pull out bladder then pull back through. takes me about 2 minutes to replace any strut bladder

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