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  • I believe that kite designers can improve on their designs in one other way. That being the drag produced by turbulence around the leading edge bladder. They have improved in making the LE bladders smaller in diameter and this has required increased pressure for the kite to hold its shape. However, I wonder if there have been any experiments with adding another "skin" to smooth out...
    George Sarris Nov 23, 2006
  • There is some advice on the kitesurfingschool.org web site that may prove beneficial. It shows how to in light winds and strong wind. Below are some things that helped me. 1. Limit the time you have the kite overhead at the zenith when you are putting your feet into the straps. In shifting, gusty winds the kite may overfly and then "Hindenburg", falling out of the sky. This tip is...
    George Sarris Sep 7, 2006
  • Hung, How do you like the 16m Waroo? Have you ever flown a 20m Waroo? If so, how did it perform (wind range, speed, handling, etc.) in comparison with the 16m? Thanks, George --- hungvu2000@^$1 wrote: > I was out today with the 16m Waroo, had a big wipe > out and was around 10 > - 20 m down wind of my board. > > The board was upside down so almost stationary at > the same spot...
    George Sarris Jun 8, 2006
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  • I just notices on one of my back lines that the loop where it connnects to the kite has slipped somewhat. It appears that the loop is sewn onto the line and evidently some of the stitching has come loose and the loop has bunched up some. The lines themselves are still in great shape. I was wondering if the lines can be tied in a larkshead knot if I took the loop off or will this...
    George Sarris May 22, 2006
  • Hung, How is the workmanship and durability of the Waroo? Any problems with inverting? Can they be self launched? I've been thinking about buying a 16m or a 20m for those summer 8-10 mph sea breezes on the west coast of Florida. George --- hungvu2000@^$1 wrote: > I went out to day with the Waroo 9m in strong wind > probably in the 20 to > 30 knots range. > > Other kiters get beaten...
    George Sarris May 2, 2006
  • Thanks Hung. I appreciate the information. George --- hungvu2000@^$1 wrote: > I personally have not used the first generartion > flat LEI but via direct > talk with others who have tried it, the differences > mainly in relaunch > problem, invert problem and somewhat heavier bar > pressure. > > I would think that most 2nd generation flat LEIs > would not have the same > problem as...
    George Sarris Mar 8, 2006
  • Hung, How much difference is there between the "first generation" and "second generation" flat LEI kites? Are the second generation kites less flat such as the Cabrinha Switchblade versus the Crossbow? Or is it bar pressure or something else? Thanks, George --- hungvu2000@^$1 wrote: > Ishtar, > > The kitesurfing FAQ has some info at > http://kitesurfingschool.org/faqs.htm#What...
    George Sarris Mar 7, 2006
  • Hung, Could perhaps the inverting be controlled by adding a few more bridle lines that attach to points not on the leading edge of the kite such as that of a foil? I've never heard of a foil kite inverting, but I've not read much about foils. In rating foils versus bow kites, which would your recommend? I may try a foil if the bow kite prices stay high (Flysurfer versus Cabrinha...
    George Sarris Mar 3, 2006
  • Although I do not own a flat LEI (bow kite) I have read forums regarding the kite inverting. Supposedly after that happens, there is little control in depowering. I plan to buy a flat LEI bow kite by late spring if the prices come down to what I would consider reasonable. The prices for a Cabrinha Xbow 16m are around $1700 complete. I would consider purchasing one if the price was...
    George Sarris Mar 1, 2006
  • I would think that the faster your board speed, the harder it would be to go upwind. It's the same principle as in sailing - to go faster you have to bear off the wind. If you go slower, you can point higher upwind, if you have sufficient wind to stay on a plane. Also, the higher aspect ratio kites seem to go upwind better. I personally prefer the "high mode" at 10 o'clock to go...
    George Sarris Nov 7, 2005