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OH NO!

Jul 22, 2013 by alexb

I'M GOING BACK TO THE DARK SIDE!



Cabrinha Switchblade 16m.
This is only to plane in 8-14mph, then I'm back to the short stuff. Sometimes the Serenity just doesn't cut it. Well, it cuts it, it just doesn't plane.



Replies:

Date: 07/26/2013
From: alexb

Sheesh Fred, out of all the people I thought you'd understand that was a joke! I've seen kooks trying to launch at SP and I'm not one of them. I learned that 4 years ago when I drove by there, ONCE, and knew that it wasn't a good launch spot. :)
Date: 07/26/2013
From: fhawk

I have spoken to kiters about SP launching, and they seemed to think it it too narrow a beach and the road too close when the wind in onshore to safely launch. So, not sure about kiting at SP as they all go to AP or BP. You might want to talk to FSU kiter club members.
Date: 07/25/2013
From: alexb

That's the plan, to fly a kite! ;) Tie the kite off to the windy tower, launch at Shell Point when the windsurfing lessons are going on. Preferably lots of other people down wind. Got to get my two dollars worth. Nothing like a kite kook to liven up the day!

The final piece of the puzzle just arrived.


Seems quite small compared to what I took the lessons on years ago. I was thinking 146x45 would be a lot bigger than this. Definitely need to start working on a big plywood board.
Date: 07/23/2013
From: AndrewReich

Oh Alex. Go fly a kite. :)
Date: 07/23/2013
From: fhawk

Just say "NO" to 5.0!
Date: 07/22/2013
From: alexb

Hey now! Doncha be dissin on the AP wave size! Islanders come over from paradise, perfect waves and unlimited supply of trade winds trying to diss on THE sickest spot in the Tallahassee wave scene. :) Those were second to none conditions that day, it's just your sail and board were way too small. LOL I'll burn some copies and hook you up.

On the topic of sail size, I had the JP 112 and the 8.5m DIALED IN yesterday at AP! John (the kiter) and I spent the whole day ripping it up. I left and was still planing. I'm still in awe on how well the 8.5 worked with the JP and new fin. Just had to move the base all the way forward. I've tried the 7.5m on it before and hated it. Didn't think the 8.5 would even work but I was too lazy to rig down and the Kona was starting to get too much air. Good day, but there was more grass in the ocean than on my lawn. :)

Date: 07/22/2013
From: windfool

yeah that was me, supposed to be a huge one handed double, but with 6 inch waves and 13 its. it was more cheesy than double.......he he he. Cool, I will get my gear and we can be flail buddies. Call me 661 5517. I wouldnt mind borrowing your DVDs, I think I remember the important stuff.....always launch near busy roadways, tall trees and unsuspecting tourists. Always launch diirectly down wind and, most importantly always disengage the chicken loop because you can boost way higher.......Sound right?? Look forward to learning and kiting with you. M
Date: 07/22/2013
From: alexb

Forgot to mention: I do have some Kitesurfing "training" DVD's if anyone wants to... um, borrow a copy. ;) I think some of these are old but I already got a good pointer about board water starts from them. And I'm planning on giving a go at attempting to make my own plywood board. Just need marine plywood now. :)
Date: 07/22/2013
From: alexb

Hey Matt, I think you're the guy I met a few weeks back at AP. You did the "cheese roll" right? At least Gary said he saw you do one. :) And I cut my leg.

I'm paranoid as hell about the kite but figured now that I understand the wind a bit more I'll get a hang of it better. I was never really good at kiting few years back, I wouldn't take any pointers from me. LOL I'm starting with body drags! I gave up kiting after I broke my leg mountain biking and then had to get a different car with a roof and more space which allowed me to get into windsurfing. It was game over for kiting!

Sold my three kites and two boards last year and got some big sails. Though I've started to regret selling the kites a few months back. I keep watching the kiters plane while I'm sailing the sup catching waves. Though I catch more waves than the kiters, on low-wind days at Huguenot, once it picks up a little they're blasting while I'm still schlogging.

It's a 2012 model, I picked it up from http://windspirit-direct.com/ for $1550 complete shipped. It's the best deal that I could find for a 16m Cabrinha 2012 model. Plenty of smaller sizes 2012's left around (ebay) but the 16 was hard to find. Basically anything 16+ is pricey and not a very popular size (unless you're in FL). I wanted Cabrinha just becuase I like their bar safety technology the most. Picked up a Liquid Force Edge 146x45 as well, was the cheapest big board I could find.

I buy all my stuff online and maintain/fix it myself. I like the experience (already looking into a sewing machine). There are some local shops around within a few hours drive but usually it's cheaper to find deals online.

Date: 07/22/2013
From: Bill Olson

... a major disturbance in the force...
Date: 07/22/2013
From: windfool

Hey Alex, congrats on regressing.....I am going to as well. I took a few lessons on the Dark Star of Maui on the old 4 liners some years back, saw God a few times!!! For liquid refreshment, or perhaps some neosporin and a good bandage would you be interested in giving me some refresher pointers? Where did you purchase your stuff? R you happy with the deal? I really think I like the switchblade too. Matt ( from Maui) and now A Point.
Date: 07/22/2013
From: fhawk

It's all good, Grasshopper.



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