Recently some friends of mine, Laurie and Yuri who run the very popular Our Kite Life Channel on youTube decided to ask a pretty is simple question, “Is the OneWheel better than kiteboarding”? They explored this topic in their latest episode which you can watch above. So I thought I would write this article to answer the question for myself.
The first Torqeedo 1103C Units are starting to be shipped in Europe. It's a little longer before we receive ours but here is a video of what you can expect. They are direct drive and even more quiet than the 1003C model. After the break we have the press release direct from Torqeedo.
MPWS Kiteboarding Tips: "Bar Juggling" - What is it and how to do it. Tips for untangling your lines without unhooking them from your kite.
You may have noticed your kites get inexplicably inverted or tangled even though they were setup just fine, well there actually is an explanation. Lines can get tangled anytime your kite gets flipped around on inverted. This can even happen if someone lands your kite and flips it away from you or if you land it cleanly but then wrap up your lines a certain way. Then when you go to relaunch you notice the tangle where there was none before, so how do you fix it.
The safest way is to always land the kite and re-walk out your lines. This also gives you a chance to r-inspect your lines which is never a bad thing. But this process, while safe, can be time consuming. Another way is to have someone fix your lines while holding the kite. The problem with this is you are trusting your safety to someone else whose skill level and attention to detail may not be where it should be. Personally, when it comes to safety systems, I prefer to do my own checks and adjustments.
One way to fix tangled lines is through a process called bar juggling. Recently Damien LeRoy and Evan Netsch, two amazing team riders and some of the nicest guys I've ever met, posted a tutorial video on how to bar juggle. There are lots of similar videos but I like the way they covered this topic. Have a look and see for your self.
One point I want to make is when you notice your lines being tangled it is often when someone is holding it ready to give you a launch. If you decide to bar juggle the process might take a while and if the person holding your kite is waiting to kite themselves it may not be the best etiquette in the world to see them standing there while you figure things out. That is why you should have practiced this technique before hand. If you find it is taking you more than a few minutes then the right thing to do is to signal to land the kite and then re-walk the lines.
At some locations, especially in Ontario, solo drift launching is the norm. Attempting to bar jungle in this scenario can be unsafe. The maneuver requires you to unhook your safety and untwist lines while the kite is directly down wind of you and fully powered up. Needless to say it should not be attempted unless you are a seasoned bar juggler and the conditions are within your skill set, otherwise the kite could go into a spiral and be ripped out of your hands, and if you are lucky your arm will not be tangled in lines when it happens.
As you grow in skill level and experience, bar juggling is one of those things that you will eventually want to learn. As always practice and be safe, but if you do learn it, it can mean less time untangling lines and more time kiting and that is something we all want!
Thanks for reading, I am Ivano Stellato, a PASA certified kiteboarding instructor and founder of www.MysticPointWaterSports.com, wishing you happy and safe kiting.
Video Credit: Damien LeRoy
I just received an email the other day from customers Shawn and Jill - They recently took delivery of their new XCAT with Sailing Kit and RowMotion. It was snowing in Vancouver but a few days ago it hit 20 degrees and was like summer so they sent me a note after their first two outings and I wanted to share the pics and note. Thanks Shawn and Jill - I was smiling the whole time I read this. It feels good helping someone do something or get something that brings them happiness.
So yesterday, March 12th 2019 was a HUGE day for a LITTLE product as OneWheel introduced their new e-board, the “Pint”. I have not seen the internet light up with so many comments about a product release since the early iPhone days! I have to say they did a great job of building the suspense and hype. Their Instagram and home page posted all sorts of cryptic clues for prior to the reveal as people everywhere were commenting on what might be released. Many guessed a new suspension system based on a mysterious patent someone uncovered, while some thought they would release a successor to the highly successful XR board which was released just a year earlier. Come noon(ish) they finally unveiled the Pint which replaces the Plus model as their entry level offering, while keeping the XR as their flagship much like the Tesla 3 is to the Model S.
With proper instruction and modern gear, kiteboarding has evolved to be very safe and fun, but like any sport, things can go wrong. One of the most dangerous situations that can happen is the infamous "death loop" which occurs when your bar and lines get tangled in such a way as to cause your kite to loop repeatedly. This builds a lot of power and invariably will drag you aggressively through the beach or water like being pulled behind a bus. Sometimes the bar gets tangled in such a way as to block your initial safety release, so what should you do? I came across a couple of good tutorial videos that cover some ways to recover from "death loop" scenarios and wanted to share them with my readers.
Before you watch them I just want to make a few points:
Thanks for reading, I am Ivano Stellato, a PASA certified kiteboarding instructor and founder of Mystic Point Water Sports, wishing you happy and safe kiting.
Video Credit: Anton Chernyshov
MiniCAT vs Hobie, Inflatable vs Rigid, PVC vs Plastic: What costs less, provides better value and is the best choice for casual sailors.
A comparison of portable/inflatable sailboats like the MiniCat made from PVC to rigid hulled boats like Hobie, made of fibreglass and roto-molded plastic.
Day sailing or dinghy sailing is one of the greatest things you can ever do. Many people learn to sail on dinghies at camps when they were young or by joining clubs as adults if they weren’t so lucky to learn growing up. Others are introduced to sailing while on vacation using beach cats such as Hobie and inevitably come home with a fire lit inside them. Sure, the big boats get the glory but just ask any sailor moored up on some beautiful body of water and they will all tell you that they wish they had a little day sailor or dinghy to zip around and have fun with. But yachts and cruisers simply didn't have the room for a sailing dinghy, until now.
Come see us at the Spring Cottage Life Show: March 21-24 at the International Center in Toronto/Mississauga.
Mystic Point Water Sports will be at the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show, March 21-24 at the International Center in Mississauga.
On display will be:
More to come....
What is the Best Portable / Inflatable Sailboat? (How to choose the right portable / inflatable sailboat.)
What is the best portable / inflatable sailboat? This is actually a trick question. The answer of course depends on which boat is ideal for you and your needs. So the real title of this post should be - How to choose the right portable / inflatable sailboat for your needs - A buyers guide to choosing an inflatable sailboat. In order to answer this I want to break it down into sections.