Monday, 23 March 2009

Oh Dear Oh Brother Dear

Okay, I have been out of the loop and out of kiting for sometime. There are a few reasons as to why my kiting has taken a back seat. The main reason was during a kite surfing session with my brother we discovered that his Vegas was starting to come apart on the main centre strut so we thought that maybe it would be best if we did not fly his kite and shared my kite.

So after a few goes of the new board and almost getting the hang of things I decided that Chris was not having much fun and thought he best have a go. On one of his attempts he managed to get up on the board briefly before doing a 180 under the kite and land up being dragged onto his back. This sent my kite down in the waves and the only thing I could think that must of happened was while Chris was under water and getting a nice dunking, the kite was down in between two sets for waves and then the wave crashed into the the kite. This I think put way to much tension in everything, with Chris under water himself and being dead weight, something had to give and it was a panel in the canopy.

So next week Chris' kite along with mine shall be sent off for some repairs. I know that it is a few good months since the last the post and why have we not repaired the kites before. Well it to be honest has been cold and I am not a great fan of cold. Next month we are off to Wales for some kite boarding so I think this blog will now be taking on more of kiting in general role rather than being deadicated to building kite boards. I shall continue to build kite boards when the pockets are lined enough to allow this.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Testing Day 2

On Friday we went to camber sands to test out the board. The winds were pretty much going from 15mph to 23mph and shifting direction every now and then. Not a good start but I shall take any wind that I can. I was out on my 12m Wook since Chris has finally got his own kite (a 12m North Vegas).

I was really battling, I just could not find my groove. I don't know if it was a combination of the waves and chop or the fact I completely rebuilt my bar and using a slingshot chickenloop with the built depower cleat and a cleat for the 5th line. I was in part struggling with the kite and twice the slingshot loop released onto the safety with the slightest touch of the quick release.

Anyhow back to the board, I did manage to get up a few times (remember I am still a learner and yet to have a good run with the board - any board), the few times I did managed to get going I am not sure if it was the bar/kite combo or the board but I would loose it and sink. I am thinking this was down to the kite/bar combo and the wind and me trying to do to much all at one go. I decided to leave the board on the beach for a while and do some body dragging to see if it was me or the kite. I kind of think it may have been the kite but I shall need to investigate a little more.

I was cleaning my kite and letting it dry this afternoon when I noticed that two of the scuff pads on the kite where coming off. I don't know if this happened or when it happened and if this added to woes at Camber on friday. But I am going to get this repaired as soon as I can since I don't want my baby falling apart on me. I think I am going to see if I can get someone who actually can board to give my board and decent go and see how it compares. Any how I am already thinking on ideas and improvements that I can make.

Pictures of the completed board

Finally I got up off my lazy bum and tooks some images of the board. It is still missing two fins but I shall be getting these in next few weeks