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nw30



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windoggie wrote:
pzwinakis wrote:
Most of this is complete nonsense..

What? When I pass you on my bladder equipped, venetian blinded, ipod holding, electronic finned, self-derigging, beer dispensing, expanded rail rocketship, you'll regret ever becoming a dope on a rope.

Classic!
Took the words right out of my mouth.
Somebody has no imagination.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What goes around comes around...... So I'm calling for a return of the tinkler tail! This was an 80s invention that allowed the back half of the board to flex. This meant that the board could have a flat base rocker that would give way to a much more curved rocker when engaged during a turn. Mistral had a production version called the challlenge flex that had swapable tail pieces. I had a challenge flex for a summer and loved it. Witchcraft was playing around with the idea recently.

http://forums.boards.mpora.com/showthread.php/63134-Witchcraft-flextail-review/page2?s=2b947983aba5e9935b97cab64640ba45
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That flex tail will be awesome with my fence fin, z-booms and cut-away multi-sail!
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NickB



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a pointer fin design that can extend and rake back for those weedy days

a self-deploying floating anchor when accidental rig detachment occurs

... and the winner is ...
a mechanism so the back strap pops out of the board only when a foot is inserted into the front strap
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cgoudie1



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is nonsense, and if you want me to re-engineer your Kite
I can do that too, just send money. I'm good with microprocessors.
I haven't lost a drag race to a Kite boarder since they became
popular, so you definitely need a redesign to be competitive
with the old tech windsurfers. $250,000 sounds about right for
that too.

-Craig

pzwinakis wrote:
Most of this is complete nonsense..

I used to make Windsurfers with a well known shaper. Bottom line: everything is a trade off. I can't imagine it's any different with sail design.


I jumped ship from Windsurfing 10 years ago to go Kiting after about 18 years of very focused Windsurfing at a fairly high level. Just recently I borrowed some gear and tried Windsurfing again. I could not believe how hard it was for how little performance you get from it, and this was with modern gear.. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want Windsurfing to die. I had a blast with it when I did it and I sail with guys and gals that still have a lot of fun doing it, but architecturally, it seems seriously limited in its present form.
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nw30



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:
Take this thing, and scale it down to a one person thing, the amazing Hydroptere~

And here is a vid and more pics of it, for those who haven't ever seen it.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317001/Hydroptere-Super-yacht-clock-60-miles-hour.html


Hea, well whadda ya know, I slap myself.
http://youtu.be/eAPyI3jVsjA

It's closer than I thought, get rid of those wings (trampolines) and sailors, replace them with windsurfers on more of a board type thing with footstraps, and there you go!
BAM!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
I haven't lost a drag race to a Kite boarder since they became popular]

I'll bet you haven't raced an animal like Glen Mulvey. He's 30% faster than any other kiter I've raced.
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pzwinakis



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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drag-raced a kiteboard? People do that? Never even crossed my mind that that would be something that someone would set their mind to..

Oh well, you got me there...
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pzwinakis wrote:
Drag-raced a kiteboard? People do that? Never even crossed my mind

Mine, either, 'cause 99% of them seem to use sweatshirts for fins and senile gerbils for power sources. But when I was wound up on a broad reach on a wave board and fin and heard something approaching me from behind, looked to be sure I wasn't going to cut somebody off, and saw Glen creeping up on me, I couldn't just let him go by unchallenged. I closed the gap, hiked out and back, fed more boom through my hands, bore off a bit to my optimal angle ... all for naught, as he still crept by. I doubt an electronic batten or downhaul would have helped.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speed kills.. or so I am told.
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