Kiteboard speed record

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ronnie
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Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:22 pm

gazxtreme wrote:That's a coincidence, James and I were talking with the innovator behind that system at Weymouth speed week this year, he is an old boy called Slade and turns up every year with his retired buddies and takes to the water in all kind of odd craft. Although most of his ideas seem non starters he did hit on something with that one, you'd not catch me attaching myself to it though. This year he was asking advice od using an LEI for propulsion with a boat, he and his buddies had been trying to learn to fly and launch In mostly too light winds but told us of their scare when they first hot launched the kite in a decent wind. We were unanimous in advising him to get some lessons in hope of him living long enough to get there next year. He is an amazing guy. The future is in what they were doing this year at Marthas Vineyard, slalom boards and super fast kites. Who knows we could end right back at the beginning on one of Cory's giant delta kites and skiis.
I can't see slalom boards being the answer. Its like a windsurf board and they seem to be topping out lower than the current kite boards. It is also dependent on the leverage of the rider's weight for power. A kite connected directly to a foil pretty much only has to worry about cavitation as a power limit. You could have 20 times the power kiters are holding now.
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Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:37 pm

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Alex's board? ----- First ones i made and did a set for Davo Average speed 46.23 knots - Max. 2 sec. (software 48.33 knots Hunstanton 08 March 2008
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Who's who on here then.................

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Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:48 pm

badgb21 wrote:Who's who on here then.................

http://photos.weymouthspeedweek.com/ind ... /Kites.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
First 5 on RRD kites Blue rashy are Jordan Smith, young buck who did well but had no staying power :wink: .
The bald guy Steve Davidson, sorry Steve best way to spot you in the pics.
Old guy with a few teeth missing and grey hair on Ocean Rodeo kites, Gary Powell.
Next on pictures very short hair and impact vest over rashy, Weymouth lad Martin Carter.
Next pictures, darker short hair, little heavier, impact vest on top, Blue board, James Longmuir, winner of kite fleet and overall speed to wind efficiency "makes all his own boards".
Grey helmet, grey wetsuit arms, Rob Campbell.
I don't know a lot about some of the lads but please enhance your own info.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:37 am

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nice technique..
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:36 am

I love it!
Speed week on a 10 yeard old Naish Mutant. :-D
Does anybody knows the top speed on it?

That says it all about marketing...
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:00 pm

Steve got a 500m run of 29.047 kts he really was going for it!

Does show though that you can give it a go on whatever you want.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:15 pm

pierre wrote:I love it!
Speed week on a 10 yeard old Naish Mutant. :-D
Does anybody knows the top speed on it?

That says it all about marketing...
Steve is a quick rider, he is a local to me.

He boosts like a goodun too!

He had a go on the speed board I have and he now has a glint in his eye ;)
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:17 pm

I understand he has new toys on the way for next year!!!
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:09 pm

chipmunk wrote:Image
Alex's board? ----- First ones i made and did a set for Davo Average speed 46.23 knots - Max. 2 sec. (software 48.33 knots Hunstanton 08 March 2008
I wish I hadn't broken them boards they where awesome. :-D :-D
Just ordered a slalom board and will soon be changing kite brands to something a bit more racy so i might be able to get up them speeds more often.
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Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:36 am

Hey Davo,
I wish I could have got over to MV to cheer on a fellow Brit!
What kit are you changing to?
I hear Cabrinha, Alex A boards and mean line fins were popular at the US invitational!

What speed do you think will be possible on a slalom and at what wind speed would you swap to a speed board?

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Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:37 am

44 knots in 15 knots of wind on these large speed boards/small slalom boards.

It's all about skimming across the water, not displacing it. Control seems to be the un-sticking point.

I reckon a Sector with decent fins could well get up to 40 knots, I'd imagine you'd need the 60 though and big enough fins to ride it flat.

Mike B (if you're reading this) what size fins could you get in a sector before the fin boxes go south?

Tony
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Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:08 am

Brian Kender on his Aguera Slalom board.

40.6 knots VMax in about 19 knots of wind.

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Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:04 pm

Tone wrote:44 knots in 15 knots of wind on these large speed boards/small slalom boards.

It's all about skimming across the water, not displacing it. Control seems to be the un-sticking point.

I reckon a Sector with decent fins could well get up to 40 knots, I'd imagine you'd need the 60 though and big enough fins to ride it flat.

Mike B (if you're reading this) what size fins could you get in a sector before the fin boxes go south?

Tony
Most of my speed runs (about 25 knots :wink: ) have been on my sector in lighter winds. It is surprisingly comfortable at speed even in chop and waves at this speed. The 3 fin setup on it is definitely faster and more controllable at speed. It also easier to control at speed with the back strap on the middle setting. The speed you can get in lightwinds wind with a larger race kite on a sector is quite amazing. Does anyone know if there are any online resources that talk about speed and course racing techniques?
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Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:23 pm

If you can do 35knts between waves and chop on std gear, you have a special talent - I'd call you a good kiter!
Was the GPS a GT-31?

Kev

Si-Fly wrote:Before I lost my GPS (only used 4 times!!) I managed peaks of 34/35 on standard twin between the chop/ waves at local beach. I'm not a very good sailor so higher speed should be easy for someone with skill :grin:

Si.

PS...could get over 30 on both boards I had then on 9, 12m kites, but they were small boards biggest was only 127*37 , not sure how fast I would get on today's bigger boards. I do have access to a GPS now so could set it up and try with my present 132*41 which does feel quite quick.

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