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[*] posted on 9-23-2014 at 06:20 PM
flexifoil flexdeck


there is one of these for sale locally. Does anyone know if these are any good? It's for sale for 100 and I'm very tempted.
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[*] posted on 9-24-2014 at 12:00 AM


velcro bindings
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Middle of the Flexifoil series that include the AirDeck which was shorter and lighter, and the KavaDeck which was longer and heavier.

If you can manage it, I would at least stand on the deck to make you are are ok with the stance width and the assymetric design of the board.

Pretty decent review on Racekites.

They were more prevalent in the UK/EU.... less common in the US so feedback may be limited.

Given the vintage, check the tires/tubes for dry rot and cracks from UV/oxidation.

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[*] posted on 9-24-2014 at 05:03 AM


Thanks Sam, I wasn't looking to get into landboarding but at that price it might be worth experimenting.
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 03:26 AM


I guess I'm a landboarder now. I went to check this board out and it is in mint condition. I couldn't find a scratch on it so I couldn't resist. I tried it out briefly last night with my dog pulling me on the sidewalk in my neighborhood. It seems to work well.
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 03:48 AM


Might as well bro. You got the streetkites to do it! Next video is Sean rolling down the neighborhood sidewalks
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 03:56 AM


Yep :)
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 04:00 AM


With smooth power delivery of the ns2, I'm guessing it will not be hard. But I'm sure there will still be a learning curve.
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 08:37 AM


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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 02:17 PM


Thanks erratic! And yes, I'll keep my lid on. Would it be advisable to start out with the bindings off the board to make learning easier, or should I just learn with them on?
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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 02:40 PM


NO, NO, AND NO AGAIN!!. taking the bindings of make it harder work



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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 05:59 PM


yes as carl said, do not take off the bindings, if you do it will make it much much harder to learn.

you're gonna go straight forward and over the board and end up on your face a few times when you start launching the kite from ground. Point the board way more downwind!




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[*] posted on 9-25-2014 at 06:16 PM


It probably helps to get some practice with the board alone before adding the kite to thing. Just be sure you can comfortable go down hills and turn on it.

As for launching the kite with the board I find I have the best luck when I jump just as the kite really starts to pull. It helps me align myself to the pull and keeps me from being pulled over with that first tug. This is most useful when I'm flying pretty well overpowered which is the only times I've been able to really get moving at all.




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[*] posted on 10-2-2014 at 04:46 PM


I tried landboarding the first time today. Wind was gusty and all over the place ranging from 10 to low twenties. It's much harder than I thought it would be even using nasa wings. I was able to do a couple decent downwind runs but I found myself missing the buggy. For bumpy fields and inland wind I think the buggy is going to work best for me. I was flying long lines but I think I'll try short lines and a paved surface next time. It seems that a halfway decent surface is key with landboard.
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[*] posted on 10-2-2014 at 04:51 PM


Stay with it ssayre! I thought the exact same thing the first time I strapped on a landboard. After about 4 or 5 runs I started getting the feel of it. I also found that less gusty winds was much less frustrating and to that end, I now prefer boarding over the buggy. I'm now in search of an Arc hoping to use something a bit more forgiving in the gusty inland wind we have.



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[*] posted on 10-2-2014 at 04:57 PM


That 13m venom that I used to have worked well in the buggy but I would imagine it would be a blast on a board. I'll stick with it. The ns2's weren't giving me any problems but overall board skills and holding a line in the correct direction was my problem. I've got an appreciation for the skill landboarding takes now and especially in inland conditions.
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[*] posted on 10-2-2014 at 05:00 PM


Lean back and get your feet out in front of ya. You counter the sidepull of the kite that way.



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[*] posted on 10-2-2014 at 05:04 PM


Thanks, I was doing that but It would cause me to turn too far into the wind and then wipeout when I would try and correct my path. Also, I would either lean too much or not enough with variable wind. I think it's going to take a lot of practice.
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[*] posted on 10-3-2014 at 05:09 AM


That's part of the reason I'm looking for something to absorb more of the wind. I've tried a friend's Peak and really like it. But I've heard an Arc does even better.



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[*] posted on 10-3-2014 at 07:27 AM


Jadog, it looks like we are both getting good wind this weekend.
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[*] posted on 10-3-2014 at 07:51 AM


i love the flexdeck. i would get one if i could findone and had the money



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[*] posted on 10-3-2014 at 09:31 AM


@sayre- should have sold that venom now- just kidding as for leaning back like weldngod mentioned if it is causing you to edge/steer the board to hard, remember that you do have ankles that articulate- try adjusting the trucksmaybe a little tighter....or maybe looser but if you are turning that easy would think too loose. Also you are very correct the surface is much more critical on a board - i have a few grass areas i can board in (think soccer fields or sports field) but a lot of hay/pasture fields that I can buggy in but not board
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[*] posted on 10-3-2014 at 12:48 PM



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remember that you do have ankles that articulate


:lol: Thanks Scott, I did forget that on my first few tries than wised up a little. I'll try again at my soccer field spot where the ground is a little smoother.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2014 at 10:22 AM


I had the same issue with upwind being all I could do at 1st.

What came to my head was, up on my toes and down on my butt. This meaning as I send the kite into the power I lean back on my butt. This would send me upwind. As I was sending the kite back up / in a low power situation I would concentrate on getting up on my toes and try to run cross /down wind.

I had no valuable board experience going in but after struggling for a few sessions it all clicked and there was no looking back. That said, I still enjoy the buggy more in rough locations. ATB on rough ground doesn't allow you any chance to relax.




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[*] posted on 10-4-2014 at 10:36 AM


ssayre- it can be hard to lean back enough against the kite without turning upwind when you are new. You're so focused on trying to hold that edge and not get pulled forward and over that we forget to use our ankles. Get leaning back some, but also point those toes to get your feet and all 4 wheels of the board flat on the ground.



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[*] posted on 10-4-2014 at 07:40 PM


How do you get your dog to pull you, mine just set there and look at me.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2014 at 07:44 PM


I've got 2 dogs. One will pull me and the other one won't. I'm not sure why that is.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2014 at 08:09 PM


@bladerunner and erratic. Thanks for the tips, hopefully I get the chance to give it another shot tomorrow. Oddly enough, we had too much wind today.
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