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3023Re: [ksurfschool] Swim-in or not?

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  • George Sarris
    Apr 1, 2002
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      Regarding this subject I have heard that Wipikas stall
      more than any other kite when the wind subsides. Has
      anyone heard this or have verified this through any
      testing results?

      Jake
      --- Hung Vu <hungvu@...> wrote:
      > People frequently ask me how many times I had to
      > swim in with my kites
      > (due to not being able to relaunch them). Here are
      > some "approximated"
      > statistics:
      >
      > Wipika Classic 3.5: None
      > Wipika Classic 5.0: 1 or 2 times (wind dropped,
      > bridle tangled and
      > being inexperienced)
      > Wipika Classic 8.5: 1 or 2 times (wind dropped,
      > bridle tangled and
      > being inexperienced)
      > All of my opened cell foils (EX's 6.0, XXXL and EX's
      > 12.5): 50% each
      > time I crashed the kite (less with handles and more
      > with bars)
      > New Wave 4.9 (a closed cell foil): None
      > AR5 5.5: None
      > AR5 11.5: Twice. The first time was in very cold
      > water when I could not
      > swim fast enough to flip the kite over. The second
      > time was when I had
      > 2 center leader lines instead of 1.
      >
      > Some other kites that I used either briefly or for 1
      > or 2 days:
      >
      > ARC 630: Once (we were trying to figure out how to
      > relaunch the Arc; we
      > waited too long and the water got in the kite)
      > Jojo Rage 4.0, 6.0 (closed cell foils): None
      > C-Quads: Almost 100% of each time I crashed the kite
      >
      > For all practical purposes, except for the C-Quads
      > and the opened cell
      > foils, all other kites should be fine for
      > kitesurfing when it comes to
      > water relaunching (a few swims in hot weather are
      > great - just watch out
      > for very cold water)...
      >
      > P.S., The higher numbers for Wipika Classics 5.0 and
      > 8.5 are probably
      > due mainly to my inexperience in the early days
      > (therefore going out in
      > lighter winds and taking too long to relaunch
      > causing the bridle to
      > tangle)
      >
      > P.P.S., The lower numbers for closed cell foils are
      > probably due to the
      > fact that I don't use them as frequent as
      > inflatables for kitesurfing.
      >
      > Hung.
      >


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