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bigair
Posted on: Nov 21 2007, 03:47 PM


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QUOTE(H2OKiter @ Oct 2 2007, 10:17 AM) *
Asnews did a nice set of interviews at Surf Expo here is their stop at the Cabrinha booth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIV9BwU8gGo

- DC


Thanks David. Ryan also did a more in depth interview with Pete, http://www.asnews.net/?p=199

BK
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bigair
Posted on: Sep 26 2007, 08:30 AM


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Nice pics, and great to read about it on the blog. Good to see you are still pushing it hard Joel.

BK
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Posted on: Sep 14 2007, 08:44 PM


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Today was a great reminder for me to pay attention while rigging. I was way too busy talking and totally FUBARed my ride for an 11 mile downwinder in 18-25 knots and waves.

Tip #1 Try to have different color patterns for each size kite you own.

Tip #2 Be sure to use the right control system for the intended kite.

I did not follow tip #1 or #2 and ended up on a 14M Contra III (instead of my Crossbow III 12M which is exactly the same color layout) with a 1:1 Switchblade bar. Shocking that I could mess that much up and still get on the water, but the wind was so gusty that I just attributed the completely off feeling of the pull to the wind. By the time I figured it out we were an 1/8 mile into a down winder and I just decided to put the kite at 10 and follow the freight train for 11 miles. (Thanks to Joe B. & Tammy for the ride back to MK)

So it you have any questions about Cabrinha gear, new or old (been riding them since 2001), and my above mistakes have not scared you off, please post'em and I will do my best to help.

Sincerely,
Brad Knoth
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bigair
Posted on: Sep 14 2007, 08:26 PM


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Skip and Joel, it only counts if you have a partner...
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bigair
Posted on: Sep 11 2007, 06:14 AM


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Thanks for all the hard work Turtle, everything in and around the site looks great!

It was good to see you at the King of the Great Lakes. Thanks for coming over.

BK
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Posted on: Sep 12 2006, 02:26 PM


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What a great time! Thanks for all of your time and effort Joe!

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bigair
Posted on: Sep 29 2005, 03:35 PM


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Joe, GREAT to ride with you yesterday. You were one with the wave.

I love the idea of a group free ride. Running heats just seems counter to the soul of kitesurfing.

BK
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Posted on: Sep 16 2005, 08:43 AM


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Check out the planning and detail on this event:

http://www.advantagelabel.com/pdf%20files/...20Qualifier.pdf

It should be one to remember. The level of riders traveling in sounds incredible. Winners qualifies and get's a free ticket to the King of the Air in Maui.


Event site pics:

http://www.advantagelabel.com/BK/KOA_PLATTEPOINT.jpg

http://www.advantagelabel.com/BK/KOA_DIAGRAM.jpg

http://www.advantagelabel.com/BK/KOA_MAP.jpg


We missed the SurfCulture crew at the KOGL. Hope to see you at KOA!

BK
  Forum: Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? · Post Preview: #5981 · Replies: 0 · Views: 816

bigair
Posted on: Feb 24 2005, 05:12 PM


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Very smart & very proactive.

BK
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Posted on: Dec 15 2004, 10:10 PM


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Is there a link for the event with more specific information on the location and schedule?
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Posted on: Dec 8 2004, 07:05 PM


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Excellent site that will get the creative juices flowing for both in front of, and behind, the camera. Joe, when you get back from having diner with Oliver Stone, you need to check this out...

BK
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Posted on: Nov 20 2004, 08:40 AM


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Alex Caviglia, accomplished windsurfer and kiteboarder, former president and
founder of Adventure Sports, Inc., the North and South American distributors
for Cabrinha, Neil Pryde, Bic and Tiga, died in hospital Saturday, November
13, 2004.

Alex suffered a severe head injury in a kiteboarding accident one year ago.
Alex fought hard to recover, and was able to express his love for his family
and friends before he left us. Alex is survived by his wife, Silvia and his
children Bianca and Michael.

Silvia Caviglia requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in
memory of her husband Alex to "Alex's Bluewater Foundation." The "Alex's
Bluewater Foundation" is a non-profit charitable foundation currently being
formed to benefit victims of watersports related injury. Additional
information regarding this foundation will be posted shortly.

Donations may be sent to:

Alex's Bluewater Foundation
c/o Silvia Caviglia
5724 SW 131 TERRACE
MIAMI, FL 33156

I will be sending in a donation and with a card from who ever would like to participate. Simply make out your check to the Foundation and I will include it with the card and sign your name. Would be nice to do this in the next week or two. If you want to send it directly, obviously that is just fine. If you do want me to send it along with other donations from area riders, just send the check to me and I will post when it is sent.

Brad Knoth
3026 Creek Ridge Drive
Hudsonville, MI 49426
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Posted on: Nov 20 2004, 08:26 AM


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QUOTE(S)
...The key I think is a top notch wax job...


Skip, is that all you can think about?

Seriously, very sound advice and information is in this thread...thanks to Mikael and James Brown! I would just add reinforcement to the idea of minimized sidecut. A board with a lot of sidecut will be loose and quick turning, but it is always looking for a turn when it is loaded which makes it somewhat challenging to travel in a straight, smooth line. The board companies rate sidecut from 8M-12M radius for the most part from what I recall. The larger the sidcut radius, like 12M, the better in my opinion for my riding. As Mikael noted, a tighter radius with more sidecut will benefit a aggressive quick turning style.

As far as stance, a good tip for newbies (or check for seasoned riders), whether setting up you twin tip for the water OR snow is to get up on a chair and jump off it 4 or 5 times to a natural landing stance. Note the distance and angle of your feet. Most people find a foot bed angle in the range of 0 to 15 degrees comfortable (I ride at 9 degrees open) with feet about shoulder width apart, maybe slightly wider. For most people, getting out of those ranges just puts stress on ankles, knees, hips, etc.

Oh yea, K2 Clicker bindings are nice.
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bigair
Posted on: Nov 18 2004, 08:19 PM


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Since we are pretty much between the liquid and crystalized H2O local riding seasons, please take the time to give some feedback from the heartland.

Survey: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/survey/survey.php

Oh, yea...you get automatically registered for a new '05 14M Nitro when you complete the survey!

BK
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Posted on: Nov 7 2004, 07:43 PM


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Kyle,

It's a little tough to know who is who in this clip. Lee is the tall and lean rider ripping it up on the red and gray Naish Mutant. Myself and Skip are both riding the black, red and white RRD boards. I will claim the over the cameraman boost, the double backroll boost, the board off, and the boosty forward roll transitions, but everyone was rippin'. Lee is very smooth on that Mutant.

Next year I am going to continue to ride a fully symetrical twin tip, the RRD Triple X for powered riding, and something new, the RRD "WaveOff". The WaveOff is a full on directional surfboard with straps, very similar to the Peter Trow Directional that Stretch builds. Looking forward to seeing more progression from everyone in '05!

Alright Kyle, now let's find some powder.

BK
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Posted on: Oct 15 2004, 06:00 PM


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Joe, not sure if I sent you this video from the "westside"...

http://www.advantagelabel.com/video/8-29-04.wmv

BK
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Posted on: Oct 9 2004, 02:10 PM


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Not sure what you guys had, the 30 knots was actually dawn patrol in Grand Haven and it was lit 10M...
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Posted on: Oct 9 2004, 05:08 AM


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Nice job Joe...love locale vid!

It's 6am and 30 knots...I will see the sunrise from the water while riding my 10M at 7:51 this morning. Carpe Diem!

BK
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Posted on: Sep 25 2004, 11:30 AM


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That is truly a soulful video kite riff. Nice!
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Posted on: Jul 25 2004, 08:13 PM


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I want to know who is responsible for this...it is one thing to pee in your wetsuit, but this is over the top and cannot be tolerated.
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Posted on: Jul 10 2004, 08:41 AM


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Don't miss the Jonathan Pool Interview:

http://www.broneah.com/news/49.html
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Posted on: Jun 8 2004, 08:43 AM


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Lauching unhooked, kite fully depowered with the strap, is the safest.

One big tip: When you fold the tip back and sand it, put the lines in the hole you dug with a little sand on top of them as well. This will keep your lines clear. If you let the lines dance, it is possible for them to get hooked on a strut or twist and whip around each other. I personally have zip stripped a strut right off of my kite before I started sanding the lines.

Also, if you kite is bucking like a bronco when you start to tension the lines, go down wind a little bit in relation to the kite. The launch should be very smooth and controlled as you add tension to the lines.

Hope that helps...

BK
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Posted on: May 9 2004, 08:12 AM


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QUOTE
is there anyway to adjust the date/time stamp function on the posts?


Go into your user "Profile" and select "GMT-5" for the time stamp...Sun comes up here five hours after it does in Greenwich which is the default time setting.
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Posted on: May 4 2004, 08:30 PM


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Joe,

Just a thought that has worked for others...Start on your favored side and as you send the kite, easy at first, through your shoulder and head toward the tip of the board and down wind. Leave the kite back at first, like a transition jump, so you don't have to deal with front hand power management on the landing.

Some say backs are easier, others say fronts...practice both and keep your lines from twisting. Just a word of advice, keep the kite at twelve overhead for landings initially until you get the rotations figured out.
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Posted on: Apr 27 2004, 08:13 AM


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Nearshore is favorable for Grand Haven tomorrow:

WEDNESDAY
SOUTH WINDS TO 30 KNOTS. PARTLY SUNNY. WAVES 3 TO 6
FEET.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
SOUTH WINDS TO 30 KNOTS. PARTLY CLOUDY. WAVES 4
TO 7 FEET.

Air temp on the water will be about 60. The North side of the Grand Haven pier has a great access and GREAT conditions. Thursday looks similar. I will be getting there between noon and 1. Jonathan Pool form TC is coming down. Make it if you can!

BK
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