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GRJosh
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Price bump...430 bucks...any takers??? Need to know by weeks end!!!
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Posted on: Jul 27 2010, 08:40 AM


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QUOTE(wanderer-rrorc @ Jul 26 2010, 11:52 PM) *
so im a newbie..(obvious)...but I can kite..

Im in central ohio and talked to a few guys local already..they indicate BIG kites for the local area fer beginners (low wind)...

Im a biggun...5'10 300lb..muscular but still fatty..work all day..not some computer gamer eatin chips and surfin the net (no offense to chip-eatin-internet-surfers)..so athletics not too much a problem..just have trouble walkin away from a good meal..(and recenlty the wife had twins and the last 8months have been alot of being in the house helpin and less firewood/trucks/man-work)..

Ive got a 20 meter Naish v4 comin..I need some feedback on this..and I'm planning on goin 55cm bar due to my shoulder width but not sure on a 5 line setup or not..(dont wanna over-complicate things..and I KNOW Im gonna end up getting a diffrent setup as I learn and get a feel for the rite kite for me..)

but I have NO idea what board..Im fairly sure a symetrical board (non-directional) is what I will use so I dont have to swap my freddy-flinstone feet...but im at a loss for a decent setup, size length and width..fins..bindings...clueless..

so I would LOVE some recomendations on other kites and boards that are more versatile and best suited to my large frame..

Im not afraid to spend some money..for the last decade we did 4x4 rock crawling (east coast team 2 years)....lemme tell ya..its EXPENSIVE..BUT...I sold my diesel old towrig..and got a realy nice camper setup for the family (3 kids) and a 2010 tundra doublecab to put it in..but I need something to do at the beach OTHER than not look at OTHER women..(wifes rules..not mine!)

...so I can haul 5 guys/gear and as long as someone double bunks over the cab..and someone sleeps on the floor..I got space in my truck camper for 5 guys..(and heat..and big fridge that can be filled with meat and prefered suds for patient teachers!!)...(gotta love tradin help for beer and steaks/ribs/bbq!!)

anybody have any advise/personal experiance for a fat guy thats not afraid of lookin like an idiot?

*vegitarians*....I hope to not offend you...If your anti-meat Im sure I can find some grass or rabbit food for you as well..but your probably too weak to surf...so Im sorry..biggrin.gif



Ha ha ha....awesome post. Like the dig on veggie heads. Bein a bigger guy myself (6'6" 225) I can tell ya that most of the trick is gonna be from technique. Its gonna take time, time, and more time on the water to be comfortable with kiting. Yes, the bigger kites are going to be very beneficial for a bigger guy and with the design and efficiency of many of the newer kites, the huge 18m+ sizes are becoming obsolete...even for the bigger guys. I have ridden a 14 meter for the past two seasons in some VERY light wind without issues at all.

As far as a board, youre going to want something that is gonna be wider and atleast 145cm in length I would say. Something to keep you on top of the water as best as possible, but will also allow for substantial progression and ease of use.

Hope this helps out!!!

--Josh

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GRJosh
Posted on: Jul 26 2010, 08:22 AM


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Selling a 2009 Best Nemesis 10 Meter kite. Kite is used but in great condition, only a minor dacron patch covering 2 small pin-h0les on the leading edge of the canopy and some fading of a couple of the BEST logos on the wingtips. Other than that the kite is solid. It is the kite and bag only (zipper is broke on top pocket of bag). Asking $525.00 Oh ya...color is the black and white version.

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Posted on: Jul 21 2010, 08:28 PM


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QUOTE(suckinseawater_merged @ Jul 21 2010, 05:26 PM) *


Good god if it was only a baby seal or killer whale they launched like the space shuttle. Regardless thats not very mature Bauer. U need to find things that are far more interesting like quotes from Charlemagne, Twain, Macbeth, or clips from vids such as this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MD6Cx0qzRA

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Posted on: Jul 19 2010, 11:18 AM


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Sellin' my 2009 Slingshot SX 147. Board is in great condition. Includes pads/straps, 1.5" fins, and handle. Also comes with the infamous anti-plover decal! (much like the no smoking sign, but with a piping plover instead of a cigarette smile.gif If you're interested lemme know. Now asking $350.00

--Josh
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Posted on: Jul 8 2010, 11:57 AM


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All,

After speaking with many other kiters and the folks at the park office in Tawas, it seems that there has been quite the epidemic with gear being stolen from the beach, especially after the busy weekend we just had up there. My advice (and theirs) is to NOT leave any sandals in the normal sand trail leading to the beach...numerous pairs have been stolen, and to also not leave gear near where the civilians (aka hillbilly-townie-weekend warriors) hang out and think a bar and lines or impact vest may be something they can use at their local Nascar rally or give to their morbidly obese baby-mama as an anniversary gift. So ya...keep an eye on the gear in Tawas...

--Josh
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Posted on: Jul 6 2010, 08:46 AM


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Dude, I had TWO F#$%ing pairs stolen yesterday!!! not happy...I feel your pain man.
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All,

Lost a BEST control bar for a 9m kite so prolly around 45cm in size. If anyone picked one up or found one over the 4th of July weekend please gimme a call or send me a message.

--Josh
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Posted on: Jun 28 2010, 09:53 AM


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All,

Lookin to see if anyone would like to head to Brazil with me on Sept. 2 and stayin for like 2-3 weeks. Plane tix are about 775 round trip right now out of detroit and into fortaleza. Fortaleza is right by all the better kiting spots, such as Taiba, Ihla Do Guajiru, parracuru, etc. As of now its just me going and planning on traveling up the coast from Fortaleza all the way to Ihla Do Guajiru and then back again. Id like to go along with another person, or several others, hell I dont care...just someone to split a little bit of cost with and also someone else who speaks english and enjoys some sweet kiting.

Lemme know if youre interested, like I said, tix are pretty cheap and if you got the free time to kite Brazil, itd be pretty awesome.

--Josh
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Posted on: Jun 23 2010, 07:17 AM


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QUOTE(GRJosh @ Jun 21 2010, 06:58 PM) *
Just keep going to Tawas...every weekend. Step 1. Have gear (check), Step 2. Go to Tawas, Step 3. Set up camp in Tawas with the rest of us, Step 4. Kite, Step 5. Drink, Step 7. Repeat.


step 6. there is no step 6 jump right to 7
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Posted on: Jun 22 2010, 09:08 PM


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QUOTE(tea time tony @ Jun 22 2010, 09:30 PM) *



Tawas...thug life mother-fu$#er
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QUOTE(Will B @ Jun 21 2010, 06:01 PM) *
Also, I forgot to mention that I have my own gear



Just keep going to Tawas...every weekend. Step 1. Have gear (check), Step 2. Go to Tawas, Step 3. Set up camp in Tawas with the rest of us, Step 4. Kite, Step 5. Drink, Step 7. Repeat.

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QUOTE(SaulOhio @ Jun 18 2010, 07:21 PM) *
Will there be room to ride? From the picture on the web page, it looks like its going to be pretty crowded.



Saul



Only if you bring that sick ass remote control airplane...the chicks panties will be flying off the second they hear the 5000 manly RPM's of that 1/10 scale sex machine. tongue.gif
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All,

Hey Im looking to see if anyone has any old/broken boards or possibly broken snowboards and skis they dont use anymore. I wanna make some chairs out of em and see how they look. If ya got some layin around and wanna get someone to "take out the trash" lemme know.

--Josh
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http://www.kiteroam.com/videos/247-Heres_w..._been_cancelled

enjoy... laugh.gif
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A $70.00 Jawa outfit!
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So as it turns out because of my super rad drawing skillz I have designated myself as the Tawas group logo drawer-er. Lemme know what you guys think about the new logo. It captures what we truly represent in Tawas and our love for friendship, harmony, and nature. Enjoy.

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No conducting business in the park? Does that mean I cant push meth to 10 year olds anymore and try to get them to join gangs? But how will I become El Patron of Tawas??? Woe is me.
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Im headin to Manistee tonight...its calling for 25-30 outta the SW for Saturday. If anyone heads up near Ludington / Manistee, lemme know...its a great place to ride.

p.s. I would shy away from Ferrysburg this weekend, its Coast Guard Festival, and it is going to be INSANELY packed with tourists on the beach.

--Josh
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Posted on: Jul 24 2009, 09:02 AM


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All this input is great...however one big thing comes into play. Experience. As you gain more experience as a rider you will feel much more comfortable with a larger kite that pulls much harder, and also be able to work a smaller kite to generate more energy. Im 230 lbs and 6'6" and let me tell you, starting out was rough for me...considering I had a 12m to start with. However, that kite was not bad even with me being so big. It forced me to learn kite control and how to derive the most energy out of my kite. When you gain more ability to control of your kite and boardwork, then I would suggest moving up to something like a 16m...this will give you much more pull and rocket you upwind...but you still have to be able to control that power.

My suggestion is to start with a 12m...at 200lbs its not a bad kite to start with, you would be suprised the power you can derive from some of the newer and more efficient kites on the market now. With that you will learn very good kite skills. Then add a 16m to your kite quiver, remember, you dont want to start with something that big and not be able to control it effectively--thats when kitmares happen.

After you begin to gain comfort with those two kites you will begin to notice your range of rideable wind will grow a great deal. You will learn how to trim, depower, and work one kite to suit a very large wind range. I ride a 14m 2009 Nemesis for wind ranges from 12mph-20+mph wind speeds.

Finally...boardwork!!! DO NOT use a small fast board....being a big guy and speaking from personal experience, starting with a nice sized board that will plane you out easily and get you on top of the water fast is key to building confidence in riding, staying upwind, and not to mention staying on top of the water. Good luck!
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All,

Im heading to La Parguera to do some riding and hang with Wykoff and his crew for a week in early September. Im goin from Saturday Sept. 5 (arriving in San Juan at 3-ish) and leaving San Juan on Saturday Sept. 12 (around 4-ish). Lemme know if you wanna go, its gonna be a blast! Oh ya...the flights seem to be the cheapest through spirit airlines...mine wound up being like 220 bucks, round trip.

--Josh
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QUOTE(jitters @ Jun 25 2009, 07:00 AM) *
YOU WILL SEE AN ODDITY AT A STATE PARK THAT WEEK. A DARK SKINNED MAN! ALSO THE RETURN OF THE "HUFFY"


A dark skinned man??? I thought only the pale and obese (see 90% of Tawas population) could live near the 45th parallel...this is gonna be good!!! laugh.gif cant wait to see everyone up there, I hope we dont burn the forest down
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Posted on: Jun 24 2009, 09:32 PM


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QUOTE(mikesaboarder @ Jun 24 2009, 10:10 PM) *
Well.... We are heading to Tawas for a few days with all of our gear. We are going to rough it and wait for some wind to blow. If it does not blow we are going to run up and down the beach screaming at seagulls asking the wind gods why they wont put out.

Anyone that wants to demo Best, Eclipse or Dakine gear seek us out or hunt us down. Look for the white E-250. Peace,

Mike Schrems
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Move over two girls one cup...here comes three shops one beach! Yee haw!!! tongue.gif
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