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Old     (otiswunguy)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-05-2006, 10:07 AM Reply   
Saw it today. The kite setup was attached to the handle. I don't know if this will catch on. They said they were testing prototypes for wakeboarding. One guy was getting about 10' up and floating about 30' into the flats. I am not into now but I could be in another 10 years when my knees are done.
Old     (gnelson)      Join Date: Jun 2003       08-05-2006, 10:54 AM Reply   
That sounds fun. Did you happen to get any picks?
Old     (otiswunguy)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-05-2006, 11:29 AM Reply   
no, i took some video on cliffs camera but i don't know if he can post it.
Old     (surfer_ryan223)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-05-2006, 3:07 PM Reply   
If you do a search this has been talked about before.
Old     (surfer_ryan223)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-05-2006, 3:26 PM Reply   
Thers a video of it at www.wakekite.com. It looks pretty sweet.
Old     (otiswunguy)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-05-2006, 4:42 PM Reply   
i am way to lazy to search. haha
Old     (wakeeater)      Join Date: May 2002       08-05-2006, 11:21 PM Reply   
for some reason i see kite tube type injuries coming out of this
Old     (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-06-2006, 8:34 AM Reply   
These guys have been working on this kite for quite a while. If I recall correctly they're based out of Hood River OR. The kite doesn't lift you 30 feet in the air like a kite tube. It adds a gentle lift, especially considering that speed is regulated (who want's to wakeboard at 27+?)

I believe the problem with the kite tubes is that they rushed them to market too quickly. Their fundamental design flaw is weighting. The Center of gravity is above the lifting surfaces. So it'd fly up, hit a bit of turbulance and dump the rider. Too bad they didn't employee some aircraft/aerodynamics designers/speciallists to engineer the thing. Could have been a fun toy. I still think someone could design one properly (stable/safe)
Old     (wakeeater)      Join Date: May 2002       08-06-2006, 11:35 AM Reply   
one thing i think was wrong with the kite tubes is the multitudes of people that pull them way over 25 mph like the label probally said. every person i saw with them at the lake were going like 40 mph and then it would flip
Old     (treycleaton)      Join Date: Mar 2005       08-06-2006, 7:00 PM Reply   
I agree, the next gen kit tube should have some aerodynamic stabilizer to prevent being dumped. I've been telling people that from day one, that it needed some wings or something
Old     (xstarmeli)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-06-2006, 7:13 PM Reply   
Upload

Something like this?
Old     (otiswunguy)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-06-2006, 7:53 PM Reply   
no
Old     (xstarmeli)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-06-2006, 8:31 PM Reply   
Sorry Mike, I was talking to cosmocat.

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