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SLINGSHOT ONE PUMP NOT FOR SURF?

Postby maui » Tue Dec 23, 2003 8:09 pm

A friend showed up at the beach yesterday with an 04 fuel 11. Looks like a nice kite and he said if flew just fine. Problem was he crashed it in the surf and the valve or one of the connectors between valves blew and the whole kite went flat completely. He very nearly lost the kite as it almost went down. Before he went out we thought one pump would be great, turns out to have one major drawback in surf.

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Postby Windsock » Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:27 pm

I have been rescued offshore after one of the valves came off and the whole kite deflated - about 700m offshore not long before dark. The whole kite deflated and became a giant sea anchor. Lucky the jet ski riders were in the area.

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Postby Dax » Wed Dec 24, 2003 6:34 am

I don't have a one pump kite, but wouldn't you close the clips on the connectors to prevent the entire kite getting deflated in the incident of something like this?

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Postby kite boardertje » Wed Dec 24, 2003 8:36 am

have not had any problems yet and yep i think the clips where not closed

imagine you would do the same with another kite i think it would have been tared appart

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Postby Toby » Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:02 pm

other kites could have been destroyed, a rib blasted etc.

So nothing is 100%, but for sure One Pump is a nice idea and saves you time before hitting the water.

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Postby Windsock » Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:27 pm

The kite I was on fell apart rather than tore apart so to speak. And yes, you should close the valves off every time you use the kite so that if you get a leak in one of the struts, at least the whole kite won't deflate and you can make it back to shore. But then, the SS retailers around here preach that you don't need to clamp them off - maybe they are worried about the tube wearing at the point it is repeatedly clamped.

I don't believe that the SS has the most failure proof construction as some like to hype. Personally, I have seen just as many problems with Slingshot kites in this area as with many other brands.

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Postby vide » Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:52 pm

Slingshot no good in surf? what kind of topic title is that? The quick turning nature of the Fuels makes them the perfect kite for the waves. Check your kite before you go out and lock off your valves and you will have no problems. And if you ride in the waves understand that if you dump your kite there is a high chance it will get trashed - one pump or otherwise.

Check what this guy can do with a 13m Fuel in the waves at Margaret River West Oz:

http://www.deltadesigns.com.au/quicktim ... deo_ac.htm

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Postby Toby » Wed Dec 24, 2003 5:11 pm

vide: it is about a kite that breaks in surf, meaning gets washed by waves, when you drop it, not riding in waves.

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Postby fokiten » Wed Dec 24, 2003 5:56 pm

Hi, Merry Christmas to all,
I would just like to point out, that everything in water-craft boils down to a compromise, ease of inflation for risk of total deflate, clip-off the struts for loss of tube life, etc. on and on.
Provocative thread titles for exposer to slams, compromise is the game,
big board for early planing for loss of edging at speed,,,

compromise.

THE BIG ONE NOW

Shore kiting to highlight the ME show for loss of access

compromise

Can we do it or will we loose it??

Think it over can the bull-shit it's your choice
fokiten

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Postby maui » Wed Dec 24, 2003 6:58 pm

So the bottom line is one pump doesnt really save you any work as you really cant trust it unless you do pinch off all the valves. As windsock will tell you it is impossible to drag a flat kite thru the water while swimming--its just a sea anchor.


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