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  • Laurent Ness - Axel'Air
    ... sorry, I can t comment on Fox boards, but I am very happy with the performance of a board similar to the Wipika Slalom board with twinzers. It s very easy
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 3, 1999
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      Antonio Esteban wrote:

       
      Rick,
      sorry, I can't comment on Fox boards, but I am very happy with the
      performance of a board similar to the Wipika Slalom board with twinzers.
      It's very easy to plane in light wind.
      I have a question for you:
      How do you surf "back side"???
      I am assuming you have boots on your wake board and can't change sides, so
      on one side you are facing the kite, but on the other tack you are not.
      I have skied and know that you can pull just as much "back side", but I use
      a windsurfing harness and I don't know weather the hook would be in the
      right position and surfing hooked would be uncomfortable.
      I would appreciate your response. 
      For me surfing backside is just freestyle sensations but you do not spend 
      a lot of time in this position. Not so comforatble !
      LAurent Ness
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    • rick@vitalnet.com
      wrote: Original Article: http://www.egroups.com/list/kitesurf/?start=1965 ... I use a windsurfing harness as well and with normal
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 5, 1999
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        <370678e2.b98dedf-@...> wrote:
        Original Article: http://www.egroups.com/list/kitesurf/?start=1965
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        > > Rick,
        > sorry, I can't comment on Fox boards, but I am very happy with the
        > performance of a board similar to the Wipika Slalom board with twinzers.
        > It's very easy to plane in light wind.
        > I have a question for you:
        > How do you surf "back side"???
        > I am assuming you have boots on your wake board and can't change sides, so
        > on one side you are facing the kite, but on the other tack you are not.
        > I have skied and know that you can pull just as much "back side", but I use
        > a windsurfing harness and I don't know weather the hook would be in the
        > right position and surfing hooked would be uncomfortable.
        > I would appreciate your response.
        >
        > For me surfing backside is just freestyle sensations but you do not spend
        >
        > a lot of time in this position. Not so comforatble !
        >
        > LAurent Ness
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        > Hello Laurent,

        I use a windsurfing harness as well and with normal harness line lengths can still stay hooked in with my back partially to the kite. The line wraps around your waist partially and things still go pretty well. I was advised to try a wakeboard while learning to kite surf with the Wikipa in the choppy ocean conditions that we have off here. Learning to wakeboard and kitesurf with the Wipika has worked pretty well so far given that the board largely stays out of your way while you are easing beyond the breaker zone and doesn't exert a lot of drag. It water starts very easily in adequate wind and is reasonably stable in moderate waves. It is easy to go downwind but staying upwind is another matter so far. I will try to surf full backside with the wakeboard per your suggestion, I suspect wiping out backwards will be an interesting experience.

        Rick
        Boca Raton,
        USA
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      • Pat
        Do others get this (and a few other messages) all on one line??? A minor irritation but more a curiosity, is it my mail browser or what? ... From:
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          Do others get this (and a few other messages) all on one line??? A minor irritation but more a curiosity, is it my mail browser or what?
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          From: rick@...
          Sent: Monday, April 05, 1999 5:43 AM
          Subject: [ksurf] Re: backside: freestyle sensations ?

          I use a windsurfing harness as well and with normal harness line lengths can still stay hooked in with my back partially to the kite.  The line wraps around your waist partially and things still go pretty well. I was advised to try a wakeboard while learning to kite surf with the Wikipa in the choppy ocean conditions that we have off here.  Learning to wakeboard and kitesurf with the Wipika has worked pretty well so far given that the board largely stays out of your way while you are easing beyond the breaker zone and doesn't exert a lot of drag.  It water starts very easily in adequate wind and is reasonably stable in moderate waves. It is easy to go downwind but staying upwind is another matter so far.  I will try to surf full backside with the wakeboard per your suggestion, I suspect wiping out backwards will be an interesting experience.
          
          Rick
          Boca Raton,
          USA
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