Re: [ksurfschool] Smart loop question
- I adjust the strap on my AR5 so my arms & waist are both straight in the
average prevailing conditions. That way it's easier to hang on. When a
gust hits, just bend at the waist, in the lulls, just bend your arms.
When powered up there's less rear line tension, & I once rode for 6 hours
nonstop rarely hooking in, but when sheeted in (strap set long for straight
arms in lighter winds) it can be tiring after a while. NSI's Ken Winner
smart loop system uses a bungie harness line that takes some of the effort
off, but still allows sheeting. I took some measurements: doubled 1/4"
(6mm) bungie, through clear tubing (seems like vinyl, but I'm not sure) 1/2"
(13mm) ID x 5/8" (16mm), 11" from the inside of the loop to the control bar,
tied with no preload by what looks like a square knot but with an extra turn
through (don't know the name). I think DaKine makes some harness line boom
straps that could be used with bungie instead of line.
I don't know if I'll actually try this, since I recently realized it would
seem to require significant effort to sheet in to unhook in the really big
gusts (Rainer also just mentioned this is in fact the case). Some of you
may still like it.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2001 8:09 AM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Smart loop question
> I am just beginning to use the smart loop. On my ARC 630 it is almost
> effortless to sheet in and out, but on my Naish 9.0 sheeting in takes
> significant pull on my part. Not a problem for a short while, but I
> can't imagine holding on like that for hours. Am I missing something