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 Post subject: AI + Kite Surfing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:01 am 
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Has anyone tried taking down the mast and using this as a kite surfing platform? Kind of like:

http://www.peterlynnkites.co.nz/vehicle ... /boats.htm
http://www.peterlynnkites.com/news/0701news.htm
http://www.peterlynnkites.com/news.htm
http://youtube.com/watch?v=f1KQsWDGOI8
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EwI25Lmqj14


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 Post subject: Re: AI + Kite Surfing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:47 am 
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wiseleyb wrote:
Has anyone tried taking down the mast and using this as a kite surfing platform?


It should work... I've got a buddy doing the same thing on a Hobie 17 (sans mast) with his kid doing the steering. And there's a crew in Hawaii doing something similar on a much bigger scale. I'll see if I can dig up that video - it's pretty impressive.

Brian C


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 Post subject: Re: AI + Kite Surfing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:56 am 
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And there's a crew in Hawaii doing something similar on a much bigger scale. I'll see if I can dig up that video - it's pretty impressive.

Brian C[/quote]


I think this is the Hawaii group you were refering to Brian.

http://www.kiteforsail.com/home/

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:07 am 
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very cool.

so - this begs the question... is there a chance in hell of being able to peddle this boat against a 15-20mph wind?

or, would it be trivial to rig the mast on the fly while out on the water (given some hackery to allow storage of the mast while kite surfing)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:12 pm 
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As long as the mast step is free of sand the mast could easily be set up even in fairly rough conditions.

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 Post subject: Re: AI + Kite Surfing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:42 pm 
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Powercat wrote:
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And there's a crew in Hawaii doing something similar on a much bigger scale. I'll see if I can dig up that video - it's pretty impressive.

Brian C


I think this is the Hawaii group you were refering to Brian.

http://www.kiteforsail.com/home/


Actually, that's not it.... The hawaiians I remember were definitely not on a trike. They had either a big cat or a big outrigger canoe.

And the kite was huge - much bigger than anything kiteboarders were using at the time.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:12 pm 
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This link has some good shots of big kite fun.
http://www.kiteboat.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:58 pm 
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Any of you tried flying a kite from your kayak? :shock:

Not easy!

I don't want to poopoo the idea. I tried it for a good reason... But it's not as obvious and easy as the videos make it seem. These kites are the kinds they use with kite boards (i.e. with air bladders so they don't sink). Once the kite is in the air, it's a blast (I love playing with mine). But getting it there can be a struggle (just read the doc that comes with one of these and transpose it to you being in a kayak!)

I've tried a number of kite configurations over the last few years. If you have plenty of wind, enjoy spending more time in the water than above it, and just want to go fast, then you'll have a blast. Kiteyaking is the way to go. :twisted:

However if you're mostly a kayaker or traditional sailor who just want to add some speed to your yak, this may be more than you bargain for.

One other option are box kites. While kiteboarding kites may be hard to launch from a kayak, box kites are much easier to launch. However they still need a fair amount of wind and will only tow you downwind (40 degrees off on each side).

I'm still looking for the killer solution that I can launch from my kayak in the middle of the ocean and tHat can tow me at least 60 degree off the wind. What a cool toy this would be :P

Anyone with solutions to share?


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