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Re: gaastra bar - caution

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  • abc123kite
    I use the 16.5m Gaastra. I dont know why, but my kite even in 25 knots (yes the kite can hold that wind and more) nothing happen to it I am very pleased with
    Message 1 of 10 , Dec 3, 2002
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      I use the 16.5m' Gaastra. I dont know why, but my kite even in 25
      knots (yes the kite can hold that wind and more) nothing happen to it
      I am very pleased with the kite much better then the X2.


      --- In kitesurf@y..., "kiteboardingjapan" <nick@h...> wrote:
      > --- In kitesurf@y..., "callum_downie" <callum_downie@h...> wrote:
      > > 2 friends that have the new gaastra kites with the gaastra bars
      > >have whistle effects as well...
      >
      > Callum, totally unrelated to the original thread, but I've got a
      > warning I'd like you to pass onto your friends. I was given the
      > chance to test the new 12m Gaastra yesterday. I comented to the
      shop
      > owner who lent me the kite how weak the leash rings looked, and the
      > stitching above the depower strap. Fortunately for me
      (unfortunately
      > for my friend) my mate was "dying" to give the kite a go, so he
      went
      > out on it first while I was setting my own bar and lines out to use
      > with the kite. Less than 20 seconds after shooting out from the
      shore
      > the kite came crashing down, powered up, and crashed down again.
      This
      > continued with my friend being dragged closer and closer to a wall.
      > Thankfully he pulled the safety (I hope Gaastra are paying Wipika
      to
      > use their system), and wasn't injured. The stiching holding the non-
      > ringed front line had come undone, releasing the one front line. A
      > very dangerous situation to be in.
      >
      > Callum, tell your friends to check or change this part of the bar.
      >
      > And if there are any Gaastra people reading this...pull your finger
      > out!
      >
      > Nick
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