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scooter1969




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[*] posted on 6-27-2014 at 05:58 PM
Well, I'm hooked...


I took the NPW that Bladerunner sold me out for the first time today. We have a grassy field a hundred yards from our house and after only light breezes all week I was ready to roll.

My wife helped me launch it (bridles attached directly to handles). The wind was gusty, probably 10 to 20. After a few times taking it up, testing the steering and setting it down I padded up and grabbed my mountainboard. It took me a few tries to get moving, but once I got the kite up I took off! My course varied between running and a broad reach. The grass was tall, so that slowed me down a bit but it was incredible! I went about 200 yards each time and only got dragged a few feet the one time I fell before I grounded the kite. What a great way to spend some time on my 45th birthday.

I love to sail on water, but with this I can literally step out the door and play. I'm only here writing this because a storm blew up. Needless to say, I'm hooked. Now I need to get together with some other kiters.

Where has this been all my life?

Scooter
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[*] posted on 6-27-2014 at 06:27 PM


Glad it's all coming together for you. Now you have figured out the balance between enough brake input and not too much try them on the short set of lines. Then the long ones. The bigger the window, the bigger the power stoke . ( spelled stroke wrong for the grammar Nazis but it works ;) )



Kites: 2.5m Profoil , 4.9m QuadrifoilXL kitesurfer, 9m Flexi Blade II, NPW 5 Danger.
Flysurfer : 19m Speed 2 SA, 7m Pulse
Peter Lynn :18m Phantom, 15m Synergy, 10m Synergy, 1200 Farc, 460 Sarc, 130 Tarc, 5m Peel, 4.2m , 6.4, 8.5 C-Quads

Rides: Flexi / P.L. Frankin'Buggy , Shaped + straight skiis, sand skis, Coyote blades. Core 95 ATB. RKB R2 ATB .

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[*] posted on 6-27-2014 at 06:58 PM


What size npw? I've been dying to try one of those out.
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[*] posted on 6-27-2014 at 08:13 PM


Awesomeness!!

Welcome to the fold my friend... Hide your wallet and freeze your assets.




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Mood: I'm the only person in West Texas who is unhappy when the wind is not blowing!

[*] posted on 6-28-2014 at 05:59 AM


Bladerunner,

Thanks for the tips. I attached the short lines last night after I got off the internet. I am hoping for more stable wind today. I understand what you are saying about the power stroke. No worries on grammar. As long as I get the idea it is all good.

Ssayre,

It is a 4.6.

Soliver,

LOL, I'm already thinking about what my second kite might be. We get some fierce winds here in the spring and a 4.6 would be way too much sail.


Scooter
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[*] posted on 6-28-2014 at 07:28 PM


Quote: Originally posted by scooter1969  

Soliver,

LOL, I'm already thinking about what my second kite might be. We get some fierce winds here in the spring and a 4.6 would be way too much sail.


Scooter


I've got a 3m Ozone Octane practically brand new in the for sale section if your interested. I think it would be a great first foil... Not sure how to compare foils and NPWs but I know this would be a good high wind kite.




NAPKA US 593
In real life they call me "Spencer"

Flying-- Flysurfer: 6m Peak 1 (A Minty Fresh generous gift) & 12m Peak 2 (The gnat fart catcher)
Riding-- VTT Stinger-XR Hybrid & PL XR Frankenbuggy
Current PB-- 28.5 mph,... MAN THAT'S FAST!!!
JWC-- Founding member and self appointed president

Allow yourself to be moved by that which cannot be seen.

She blogs about scrapbooking,... what a nerd.
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Mood: I'm the only person in West Texas who is unhappy when the wind is not blowing!

[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 11:31 AM


Soliver,

It looks like a nice kite, but my wife has already put the brakes on my purchases for a while.
:(

Scooter
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 04:11 PM


Yeah,... They have a tendency to do that :lol:

Eventually, you get to a place where they make you sell stuff before you can buy other stuff *GASP!* :o




NAPKA US 593
In real life they call me "Spencer"

Flying-- Flysurfer: 6m Peak 1 (A Minty Fresh generous gift) & 12m Peak 2 (The gnat fart catcher)
Riding-- VTT Stinger-XR Hybrid & PL XR Frankenbuggy
Current PB-- 28.5 mph,... MAN THAT'S FAST!!!
JWC-- Founding member and self appointed president

Allow yourself to be moved by that which cannot be seen.

She blogs about scrapbooking,... what a nerd.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 05:16 PM


Another tip. Buy kites that look like each other. Then you can say that is the ... coloured kite I bought last month. ;)

Yes we spell it coloUred in Canada. :P




Kites: 2.5m Profoil , 4.9m QuadrifoilXL kitesurfer, 9m Flexi Blade II, NPW 5 Danger.
Flysurfer : 19m Speed 2 SA, 7m Pulse
Peter Lynn :18m Phantom, 15m Synergy, 10m Synergy, 1200 Farc, 460 Sarc, 130 Tarc, 5m Peel, 4.2m , 6.4, 8.5 C-Quads

Rides: Flexi / P.L. Frankin'Buggy , Shaped + straight skiis, sand skis, Coyote blades. Core 95 ATB. RKB R2 ATB .

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[*] posted on 6-30-2014 at 07:18 AM


Sounds like you need to get a small foil for her. Get her strung out on ripstop and you will be able to get a lot of kites:evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil::D:D:D:D



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