Archive for November, 2012

Pedro shows how he is so good in the waves.  Kite or not, he can ride a wave.

 

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The Slingshot Board factory.  Hand built in the USA

Let me also note that the Resin-X used in these boards was developed and produced by a Michigan rider.

Resin-X is a pricey resin but it has higher elasticity, better reflex, low VOC’s, non-toxic, and has no carcinogens.  It is also made using corn and potato byproducts from US farmers, so it supports our agriculture as well as being environmentally responsible.  Wow!

2012 Best Kahoona 11.5m Plus Kite review

I woke up at 4:45am this morning and headed to Ferrysburg for a quick dawn patrol before work.  I was happy to see the wind at 20 mph from the south for the first time in what feels like a month.  I grabbed the 11.5m Best Kahoona and my Cabrinha Custom with Ronix Wakeboots for wakestyle, I also took the Cabrinha Drifter 11m and my surfboard knowing that waves were a possibility.

As I walked down to the beach I realized the wind was too sideshore to produce any waves. The placement of the strutts and boxy shape of the kite give it a unique look.  I ran out the lines after changing the factory settings to slow down the kite and add bar pressure for wakestyle riding.  I first realized the simplicity behind the bridles when hooking up my lines.  The wing tips have a short direct line to the steering lines.  The centerlines hook on a small one pulley bridle.  As always when flying a new kite, I double checked the depower and safety system to make sure it was functioning correctly. Even though I have long arms, I could see how a person with shorter arms would love the easy to reach depower strap. It was always easy to reach the depower line as it falls within reach naturally. (more…)

Kitesurfing is becoming vastly popular in the world of kiteboarding.  Using your kite to ride waves is no new idea but there are a growing number of riders who are focusing on this style of riding.  Many riders are choosing to ride strapless boards not unlike a normal surfboard.  There are a few distinct differences between kitesurfboards, hand made surfboards, and production surfboards that make them unique.

The typical hand-made surfboard is either PU or EPS foam core often stringered with a hardwood. PU or Polyurethane foam is a crispy, easy to shape foam that can be glassed with either Polyester resin or Epoxy.  PU/Polyester construction has been frowned upon recently because of its carcinogens and environmental impact.It provides a light, responsive, and affordable board.  EPS or Expanded Polystyrene is made of air filled foam beads. This type of foam can consist of up to 92% air.  EPS Foam board must be glassed and repaired with either Epoxy resin or Vinyl Ester resin.  Polyester resin will eat EPS foam like acid due to its Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) catalyst.  Eps is more difficult and expensive to work with, but is fast becoming the prefered method of board building.  Surfboarder/Kiteboarder favorite shaper William “Stretch” Riedel has been using eps epoxy construction for over 30 years.
The glassing schedule on this style of board is designed for a lightweight, reflexive response, and are easily repairable.  While they are the standard for performance riding while surfing, they are easily heel dented or broken under heavy stress.
Many kitesurfers prefer the feel of this type of board, especially those who ride the wave without much kite power.  Brands Such as Cabrinha Kites are now catering to this kind of board by offering PU models in their most popular boards such as the Cabrinha Skillet PU.

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Gisela gets a spot on Transworld Sport.  Way to go!  Best is on a roll after signing Youri.  Two reigning World Champions in the mix!

How to be a Tough Guy:

Posted: November 5, 2012 by breemackite in Shop Culture & Shenanigans
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Dragon Baby Style!

 

So what is the difference between kiteboards and wakeboards?

The easy answer is…Rocker.
Rocker is the amount of curvature along the bottom of the board.  Wakeboards have around 3 inches of rocker while most kiteboards have around 1 inch.  Wakeboards are designed with more rocker to handle the speed at which they operate.  When wakeboarding a typical speed will be around 30mph.  At that speed, wakeboards need all that rocker to produce drag so that they can get on edge and turn.  A kiteboarder typically is traveling across the water at around 15-20 mph and will need a more efficient (flater) board in order to stay moving along on top of the water (also called planning).

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