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[ksurf] Re: Wipika 8.5

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  • Laurent Ness - Axel'Air
    ... My name is Antonio Esteban and I am learning to kite surf in Dominican Republic (my native Island) with a Wipika 8.5. Yesterday I noticed that my kite was
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 3, 1999
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      Pat wrote:

       Antonio,I think the same may have happened to me in too light wind. In stronger winds the kite will have plenty of pull and you can't stay in the water.I made the mistake of trying to fly my Wipika in too light of conditions as I thought it would be easier to control. That may be true, but I can not ride the board at all unless the wind is strong and the pull is almost jerking me around.
       

      My experience of wipikas is you should have 75 % of your weight lift up at rest with a 8.5 and 50 % with a 5. Specially if you want to tack the wind !
      Those numbers are just to give an idea.

      LAurent Ness

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      Sent: Saturday, April 03, 1999 7:34 AM
      Subject: [ksurf] Wipika 8.5
       
      My name is Antonio Esteban and I am learning to kite surf in Dominican
      Republic (my native Island) with a Wipika 8.5.
      Yesterday I noticed that my kite was turning upwards at the moment of most
      pressure on the kite during water start.
      After placing my feet in the straps and turning the kite the opposite way, I
      try to fly the kite horizontally into the direction I am going, for maximum
      power to lift me out of the water and start planing straight away.
      I noticed that the kite always turned upwards at the moment I was being
      lifted off the water. I tried to correct it with more boom action and still
      failed to prevent it from going up. I placed the boom parallel to the lines!
      After several tries, I noticed that the kite was changing its shape due to
      the increased pressure when I waterstarted. It was deforming and turning up
      (or the opposite way of the boom action).
      I thought that it could have been the effect of too low pressure on the main
      inflatable batten (leading edge).
      I am very frustrated and would really appreciate any input from members of
      the list who know what is happening.
      I am assuming that this has happened before.
      Regards,
      Antonio Esteban
      SkyVision
      http://members.spree.com/skyvision/
      (809)310-4900
      aesteban@...


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    • Martin Rothwell
      Hi! I find that with the Wipika you need to be dragged down the beach on your heels a good few meters when you launch. If you are, you should then have enough
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 6, 1999
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        Hi!

        I find that with the Wipika you need to be dragged down the beach on your heels a good few meters when you launch. If you are, you should then have enough power.

        Martin

        Pat wrote:

         Antonio,I think the same may have happened to me in too light wind. In stronger winds the kite will have plenty of pull and you can't stay in the water.
         

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