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Postby Guest » Mon Oct 07, 2002 7:15 pm

Was out yesterday and putting my board on when a gust hit and pulled me across the sharp edge of the board. Cut my foot down to the bone!! Be careful!!!

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Postby Mr Jo Macdonald » Mon Oct 07, 2002 7:23 pm

Rounding of razor sharp edges of boards and fins just a bit with fine sandpaper won't make any difference to performance but a lot to your body.
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Postby Guest » Mon Oct 07, 2002 7:29 pm

good idea jo, I'll try it.

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Postby shunter » Tue Oct 08, 2002 1:12 am

Has the board got the step flushed out edge (moulding flash)?

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Postby shunter » Tue Oct 08, 2002 1:13 am

Has the board got the step flushed out edge (moulding flash)?

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Postby Johnny TBKS » Tue Oct 08, 2002 2:51 am

No big deal to sand the edge of the board to your likings. It's kinda like fine tuning a snow board. Some guys like them sharp in differ places for differ things. If you want rounder rails on the board, sand them off. It'll still ride fine and it wont hurt the board in any way.

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Postby Kaito » Wed Oct 09, 2002 12:24 pm

Remember those ever so controversial Kiteboarding Pants!?!?! Wonder if they would have provided some sort of protection from cutting your leg?
- Just a thought? hhmmmmmmmm......
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Postby Guest » Wed Oct 09, 2002 1:15 pm

I cut my leg bad on my Drake, and had a friend who did the same thing. Sand the edges...

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Postby Ray-au » Wed Oct 09, 2002 1:35 pm

You got to watchout with sanding away edges on wakeboards, some manufacturers dont overlap the glass, they only join along the rail, that means your machine is gonna fall appart;-0

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Postby Johnny TBKS » Wed Oct 09, 2002 2:10 pm

Ray-au,
I dont doubt what you say, but these aren't wake boards here, so you may be misleading just a bit. I talked to John Doyle about the sharp rails and he tells me that we are fine sanding the edges of the skate series. In fact, he told me it was safe to take off as much as 3/16 of an inch. He also told me that kitesurfers are the only board riders that he has seen that do not/will not tune, cut, grind and sand their boards edges to their likings.

If your skate series are too sharp, SAND THEM. I notice the newer ones come already rounded off a bit and no way near as sharp. But some of the older ones are sharp as a mofo. The edge usually needs to be sanded on anyway afttr enuff failed sandbar jumps, beach skid, catching the bottom...next thing you know, your heels edge is beat to hell and needs repaired by good ole simple and trustworthy sandpaper.


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