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How to flush sand out of a foil kite.

Postby plummet » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:53 pm

So.... After 13 years of kiting and flying foil kites I have finally swamped one completely and had to swim in. In the process it fill up with sand and water going through surf.

Any tips on flushing out the sand from inside the kite?

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Re: How to flush sand out of a foil kite.

Postby jakemoore » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:03 am

Allow it to dry completely. If the air is humid, salt in the sand and cloth will pull water out of the air keeping things damp and sand sticks. I will often rinse with fresh water and use little teacup hooks to hang it by the trailing edge out of the sun and wind. Once its dry shake the sand to the tips where the dirt outs are.

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Re: How to flush sand out of a foil kite.

Postby zerogee_ca » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:24 am

I used to inflate my foil with a fan and had it hanging under a ceiling fan. Keeping the air moving inside and out dries it in a fraction of the time.

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Re: How to flush sand out of a foil kite.

Postby Jzh_perth » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:10 am

If it’s a flysurfer there is no need. One the sand dries it will work it’s way to the wingtips via the internal drainage channel on the trailing edge as you continue to fly the kite. Then you simply open the wingtip Velcro pocket and empty the sand out. This is why the channel and wingtip pockets exist.

To dry mine after a big swim, I inflate them and let them sit in the garage for a day or two.

Flying them dry seems to be the best way, but sometimes this is not possible immediately after the swim.

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Re: How to flush sand out of a foil kite.

Postby plummet » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:00 am

I hung it from my trampoline net and hosed through the air vents and out the wing tip Velcro pocket thing. Then left it to dry. Seemed to work.


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