18364Re: [ksurf] Arc and NZ board
- Sep 1, 2000Hi Karl
Your friends Arc sounds like it is a 2nd gen kite and they reportedly had
the characteristics you describe. The 3rd gen kites have had changes made to
them to enable more depowering (not as much as a Naish AR5) and better
turning with less tendency to stall.
The boards are made by Adrian Roper of Sailboards Underground in NZ, Adrian
is a very experienced windsurfer/board manufacturer turned
kitesurfer/kiteboard manufacturer, he has been making the Peter Lynn boards
for the last couple of years too.
He can be contacted via this e-mail address
His boards are excellent quality, virtually bomb proof, and probably more
technical to ride than some. They are designed for intermediate to advanced
riders, a lot of design input comes from Kane Hartill.
Kitepower is an agent for them in Oz, cya and
126 Beach St, Coogee, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2034.
Ph/Fax 02 9315 7894 International +61293157894
386 Latrobe Terrace, Geelong, Victoria, Australia 3020
Ph/Fax 03 5229 5899 International +61352295899
> I tried out an Arc for someone who wanted to know if he was havingproblems
> only because of inexperience.he
> I was going fine upwind with a Wipika 8.5 and had also tried a Naish 9.5.
> The guy had made his own control bar and set up the lines himself.
> Although I didn't lose too much ground, I did lose some and even after
> slacking off the back lines, the kite never seemed to perform. How have
> other people found them (it was a 7.2). How should the lines be set up -
> had both front and rear lines going to the outside of the bar and the rearbut
> lines fed through pulley wheels so that the could be adjusted using a
> central loop a la Naish system. If it is like a Naish, should the front
> lines go to the centre of the bar?
> Basically I don't want to comment on a kite after only a couple of runs
> it seemed to have the charachteristics of a foil rather than a sled - by
> which I mean no ability to depower and usefully change AOA on the fly. It
> was also sluggish and slow to turn (maybe needed a longer bar?).
> He also had a custom New Zealand made surf board. It was the best board
> I've ridden - I'd like to find who makes them: the main graphics said
> Underground and I think he said the builder was Adrian Roper??
> Can't find anything on the net.
> Anyone know more about them?
> It seemed a bit like riding a wakeboard style - loads of edge and v
> responsive to small foot pressure. I couldn't gybe it but then I can only
> just about gybe my Bic.
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