RE: [ksurf] Re: Handles on Wipika?!?!?!
- It is possible, but very uncomfortable, and severely restricts the wind
range and general useability of the kite type.
I tried bars at first having come from a heavily ingrained handle habit and
hated them so much I kiteboarded for more than a year using Mossies and
Blades on handles, but after 2 injuries directly related to foils and
handles, I finally submitted to having to change to inflatos.
While I was injured I got to watch a lot, this is what I noticed.
Foil flyers were constantly changing kite sizes
Foil, arc and c-quad flyers were constantly swimming in or being rescued,
Inflato riders could stay out for hours with one kite, which re-launched 95%
of the time, so they were always kiteboarding more than flyers of other
types of kites, they learned quicker and were definitely having more fun!
I would never go back to handles, although occasionally I would take a 9.0
Blade out for a run, on handles, but now I have a 16.0 rhino, I much prefer
to pump it up and use it!
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* -----Original Message-----
* From: terminalveloce [mailto:peter.barnes@...]
* Sent: Thursday, 31 January 2002 8:17
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* Subject: [ksurf] Re: Handles on Wipika?!?!?!
* I still kitesurf on handles on old foils that don't work well with
* bars, but wouldn't even consider using handles on modern kites.
* 4 lined inflatables work a bit different to foils anyway - you'll get
* some nasty surprises if you rig handles on a Wipi front/top
* back/bottom ;-)
* Get a bar, try it for a fortnight, and you'll never go back.
* PS. The Advance bendy bar might make you feel better, but I don't
* believe it's used for inflatables(?)
* --- In kitesurf@y..., "gregwalshau" <Greg.Walsh@b...> wrote:
* > People used Arcs on handles in the early days and I think Ben
* > Merkenhoff has used Wipikas on handles and did lots of tricks etc.
* > Bars are much more suited to kitesurfing. All the fast turning and
* > precise control and no-hands control of handles are the last thing
* > you want kitesurfing. All you want is something solid to pull
* > and something very easy to keep very still with minimal inputs from
* > one hand.
* > I learned to kitesurf on foils with handles. Bars are much better.
* > Greg
* > --- In kitesurf@y..., "Dwight & Jacky" <fishersfort@a...> wrote:
* > >
* > >
* > > > Hey!I've kitebuggy for the last 6 yrs.Want to kitesurf this
* > summer.I want to know if any one ever
* > > use handles on Wipikas or Naish?Don't like the bar.
* > > >
* > >
* > > A few years ago people did that. Now I don't think anybody does.
* > For all the tricks you will want to
* > > do kiteboarding, the bar is better. It's easy to make the switch
* > from handles, and soon you will
* > > grow to like the bar. Look at Jeff Howard, a champion kite buggy
* > guy who uses a bar to kiteboard.
* > > Try the bar and see if you don't agree.
* > >
* > > Dwight
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