- Having seen a few potential disasters come into the store lately I thought
it might be worth reminding folks to check their gear for wear.
These wear out on 2 and 4 line kites, even on foils. Anywhere you attach
lines or bridles to the kite wear out, having one break while at sea will
almost certainly mean a kitemare and swim.
I've seen several kites just split during use recently and I strongly
suspect that there were small unrepaired holes in the sails or bladders of
these kites, Fix with clear repair film or sailcloth/clear flexible urethane
glue for larger holes and splits.
These can look fine from the outside, but salt and sand inside can wear the
core out. Places to inspect are anywhere the leader line flexes or bends and
where the lines attach.
Snap shackles and Carabiners
Make sure you test them regularly and keep them lubed with an anti corrosion
spray. I have noticed some of the "builders" stainless carabiners people use
here in Oz do not have a stainless spring in the gate, keep an eye on these
they do fail.
Trim Straps and loops
It should be fairly obvious if something needs to be replaced in this area,
don't forget to wax the centre line if you use a rope through the centre of
the bar system.
Surprisingly an area often overlooked both in wear and comfort. I've heard
of several people breaking harness's this season and I suspect that it is
because there were very few dedicated kite harnesses last couple of years.
I have tried several brands as I have back old injuries and I can vouch for
the comfort and strength of the new Pro-Limit Kite specific waist and seat
I've probably forgotten some things, please add to the list of things to
check and maintain.
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From: Tunico Lage [mailto:alage@...]
Sent: Tuesday, 25 September 2001 3:12
Subject: [ksurf] New Videos From Brazil
I just uploaded 2 new videos about kitesurfing in Brazil.
They are at:
Click on the "VIDEOS" link.
Kitebeach Rio de Janeiro - 2:45 mim - 8,7 MB
No pros...just local guys having fun in the waves of Rio de Janeiro
Natal, RN - 3:30 min - 10,7 MB
A trip to NE Brazil, with beautifull beaches and constant wind
I hope you enjoy...
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