Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pro-kitesurfers on Murrebue beach - Bruno Dubosq and Charlotte Consorti

It has been a privilege to meet Bruno Dubosq and his girlfriend Charlotte Consorti last August. Charlotte is six-times World Champion in kitespeed, basically the fastest girl around with a kite.
They arrived to Murrebue, Mozambique, continuing their endless research of new kitesurfing spots around the world. The result is an incredible collection of videos from the most diverse, exotic places all over the planet (see Charlotte's youtube channel ), to inspire every kitesurfer out there


Bruno and Charlotte filming kitesurfing tricks


They brought lots of kite and video/photography equipment together with their dedication to capture the best shots in Mozambique. It was amazing see them in action on the board and beyond it. 
It might look like that every “wow” shot happens naturally to these breathtaking kitesurfers, but the truth is you need a lot of tries to get to the optimal result for the final video. So it was very interesting to observe them in their tireless efforts to get that one golden shot.

On the car to the next downwind

Together, we spent every day on the beach, while they searched for different shot angles, explored nearby mangroves, or came with me and Carlo (the owner of the lodge and of local kitesurfing school Il Pirata) for a nice downwind session.

Charlotte Consorti kitesurfing in the lagoon

Charlotte, Bruno, Carlo, Susanna at il Pirata



A lot of great memories that can be best described in their fantastic video about kitesurfing in Murrebue, Mozambique:





Wanr to come and join us? Take a look Here!




Saturday, September 26, 2015

BECOMING QUETZALCOATL:
the first Sci Fi novel with a kitesurfer as protagonist...

Becoming Quetzalcoatl

Bored by the lack of wind ?
Here's the solution: the first Sci Fi novel that portrays a kitesurfer as protagonist.

This is how Greg Brulte, the author,describes his last work: "The main character tries to jump a pier down in Mobile, Alabama, at night, and injures himself.  When they take an MRI, his beautiful E.R.  doctor discovers an alien implant in him that has the image of a crop-circle on it from the year 2007.   That crop-circle pointed to specific dates in 2012 that supposedly foretold of the return of the Mayan god.  
Nothing happened in 2012, but the kite-boarder did go missing during those dates..."

Soon it might become the plot of an Hollywood movie, so you shouldn't miss the chance of this premiere: mostly because for today only(Sept. 26 2015) you can download it on Amazon the Kindle version for free, just follow this link Link. After today you'll still be able to find it at a very convenient price, following the same link. 

Don't lose the chance to be the first among the readers of this future blockbuster!

A couple of questions to the author:

Greg, do you kitesurf?
"
No...  I don't kite-surf, but I see them practically every day off of the Silver Strand, south of Coronado, California.  It looks like so much fun that I want to try  it :)  I have para-sailed, before, behind a boat".

This is not your first novel, how many did you write?
"'Becoming Quetzalcoatl' is my 9th novel... well, technically my 8th, since one of my books is a collection of short stories.
All of my books are what I would describe as Sci-Fi/Romances or Paranormal/Romances told mainly from a male point of view, which I think is a point of view lacking in today's market.  I try to make the books so that they appeal to both sexes... enough romance for the women, and enough action/science/mystery for the guys.  Of course, I know it's not that simple, because there is quite a bit of overlap in people's interests".

How do you get the inspiration to write?
"When I write, I just sit down and whatever comes out, comes out.  I usually have no idea of what the book is about until I write it.  That way, it keeps the reader guessing about the twists and turns... keeps me guessing, too.  I wish I would have tried this technique, earlier, because using it has resulted in 9 books in 4 years :)  I could probably do more if I didn't teach so much".

By the way, we proudly provided the cover artwork ;-)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Where to Find Wind Year Round: Best Kitesurfing Spots

Many people often ask me where is the best place to kitesurf at a particular month of the year. Since there's a big choice of kitesurfing spots for every moment, I decided to create a short list with some useful tips for anyone interested. Of course, my list is far from being complete, so if anyone wants to give their suggestion in the comments, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Kitesurfing all year

Kitespots for the entire year:
Cabarete (Dominican Republic), Tarifa (Spain), Hurgada/Marsa Alam/Berenice/Safaga on the Red Sea in Egypt, Maui, Aruba (where the wind really always blows), Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Essauira and Dackla (Morocco)

January
Riviera Maya and North Yucatan/La Ventana/ Baja California (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Boracay (Philipines), Havana/Varadero (Cuba), Copal (Costa Rica), Mui Ne Bay (Vietnam), Auckland (New Zealand), Cairns/Whitsunday islands/Brisbane/Byron Bay (Australia), Namibia, St. Louis (Senegal), Barbados, Kenya, Uruguay, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Hong Kong, Puclaro (Chile), Red Sea (Yemen), Puket (Thailand)

February 
Riviera Maya and North Yucatan/La Ventana (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Havana/Varadero (Cuba), Melbourne/Whitsunday islands/Brisbane/Byron Bay (Australia), Cape Verde, Copal (Costa Rica), Mui Ne Bay (Vietnam), Auckland (New Zealand), Belize, Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, Bonaire, the Grenadines, Isla Margarita and Los Roques (Venezuela), Nashiro (Japan), Puclaro (Chile), Red Sea (Yemen), Zanzibar (Tanzania), Maputo (Mozambique), South Padre Island (Texas-USA)

March
Riviera Maya and North Yucatan (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Camargue (France), Havana/Varadero (Cuba), Cape Verde, Copal (Costa Rica), Mui Ne Bay (Vietnam), Negombo (Sri Lanka), Belize, Barbados,  Antigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, Bonaire, the Grenadines, Isla Margarita and Los Roques (Venezuela), Puclaro (Chile), Red Sea (Yemen), El Gouna (Egypt), Florida/Cape Hatteras/South Padre Island (USA), Goa (India), Rosslare (Ireland), Watergate (UK),  Esbjerg (Denmark), Hua Hin/Cha-am/Prauchuab (Thailand)

April
Riviera Maya and North Yucatan (Mexico), Camargue (France), Ibiza/Formentera/Balearic Islands (Spain), Havana/Varadero (Cuba), Cape Verde, Copal (Costa Rica), Mui Ne Bay (Vietnam), Negombo (Sri Lanka), Belize, Barbados,  Antigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, Bonaire, the Grenadines, Isla Margarita and Los Roques (Venezuela), Puclaro (Chile), Negombo (Sri Lanka), Florida/Cape Hatteras/South Padre Island (USA), Rosslare (Ireland), Watergate (UK), Hua Hin/Cha-am/Prauchuab (Thailand)

May
Leucate (France), Rhodes/Kos (Greece), Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Salento-Puglia (Italy), Fuerteventura/Canary Islands (Spain), Cape Verde, Antigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Whitsunday Islands (Australia), Isla Margarita and Los Roques (Venezuela), Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru),  Hua Hin/Cha-am/Prauchuab (Thailand)

June
Rhodes/Kos/Levkada (Greece), Paramail (Cyprus), Leucate/Corsica (France), Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Salento-Puglia (Italy), Fuerteventura/Canary Islands (Spain), Cape Verde, Pemba/Quirimbas/Ponto de Oura (Mozambique), North Madagascar, St. Lucia, Isla Margarita (Venezuela), Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru)

July
Rhodes/Kos/Levkada/Paros/Naxos (Greece), Paramail (Cyprus),  Leucate (France), Bol (Croatia), Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Salento-Puglia (Italy), Fuerteventura/Canary Islands (Spain), Cape Verde, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tahiti, Pemba/Quirimbas/Ponto de Oura (Mozambique), North Madagascar, Mauritius, Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru)

August
Rhodes/Kos/Levkada/Paros/Naxos (Greece), Paramail (Cyprus), Pirlanta (Turkey), Eliat (Israel), Sinai (Egypt), Bol (Croatia),  Corsica (France), Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Salento-Puglia (Italy), Guincho (Portugal), Fuerteventura/Canary Islands (Spain), Brazil, Cape Verde, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tahiti, Rangiroa (French Polynesia), Pemba/Quirimbas (Mozambique), Zanzibar (Tanzania), North Madagascar, Mauritius, Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru)

September
Rhodes (Greece),  Pirlanta (Turkey), Eliat (Israel), Sinai (Egypt), Corsica/South Coast (France), Bol (Croatia), Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Salento-Puglia (Italy), UK, Guincho (Portugal), North Brazil, Cape Verde, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Melbourne (Australia), Namibia, Rangiroa (French Polynesia), Pemba/Quirimbas (Mozambique), Zanzibar (Tanzania), North Madagascar, Mauritius, Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru)

October
Garda Lake/Porto Pollo-Sardinia/Marina di Grosseto (Italy), North Brazil, Camargue/South Coast (France), Noordwijk ann Zee (Netherlands), Melbourne/Brisbane/Sidney (Australia), New Caledonia, Namibia, Madagascar, Carmelo (Uruguay),  Buenos Aires (Argentina), Puclaro (Chile), Mancora (Peru)

November
North Brazil,  Aukland (New Zealand), Cairns/Perth/Melbourne/Brisbane/Sidney (Australia), New Caledonia, Camargue/South Coast/Leucate (France), South Africa, Hong Kong,  Carmelo (Uruguay),  Buenos Aires (Argentina), Puclaro (Chile)

December
North Brazil,  Aukland (New Zealand), Cairns/Perth/Melbourne/Brisbane/Sidney (Australia), New Caledonia,  Mui Ne Bay (Vietnam), Thailand, Boracai (Philippines), Malaysia, Nashiro (Japan), Cape Town (South Africa),  Red Sea (Yemen), Riviera Maya and North Yucatan/La Ventana/west coast/Baja California (Mexico), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Copal (Costa Rica), Puclaro (Chile)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What's a Stall of a Kite and How to Prevent It

Many times it has happened to me to see kitesurfers stalling their kites.



This occurs especially in low wind conditions, but if your kite has bad trimming, it can happen also with stronger winds, making it much more dangerous.

The video below shows how kite stalling happens:


In many kitesurfing manuals the powerkite behavior is very well explained, but from my experience the concept is rarely transmitted to kiteboarding students and isn't exposed well enough to a huge amount of kiters. The result of that is easily visible on low wind days and, as shown in the video, can lead to dangerous situations both for the kite and the kite gear.

So, what does it mean to stall a kite? 

Well, a powerkite is nothing more than a curved wing held by our lines, which influence its behavior.


The principal way to measure the behavior of the wing in relation to wind is to measure the degree of its angle of attack. Angle of attack represents the angle between the wing chord and the relative wind direction.

Changing the angle of attack we can change the lift produced by the kite: the bigger is the angle, the stronger is the lift, but just up to a critical limit, where the kite (or any wing) starts to stall. Any further increase of the angle of attack above the critical angle will produce the wing stall. Let's see why.

Any wing basically has a lower and upper camber which have different shapes. In the kitesurf case the upper camber has a more accentuated curvature: this creates a longer path for the air passing on the extrados of the wing, forcing it to move at faster speed than the air on the lower side. The diference of speed, acording to Bernulli's laws, creates a depression on the upper side of the wing, which generates the main component of the lift.



The path of the air also depends on the angle of attack. If we increase it, we enhance the difference of length of air paths, resulting in a stronger lift. But this just to a point: it's called the critical angle of attack, beyond which the upper layer of air detaches from the surface, reducing the lift drastically.



Experimental evidence shows what happens: the upper air layer detaches from the wing extradox, creating turbulence, which enhances the pressure on the upper wing's surface, balancing the lower surface pressure, practically nullifying the lift's main component.



So when are we stalling the kite? Now it's easy to understand: when the angle of attack is too big: in other words, when the back lines are too short, due to the excessive pull on the bar or to a bad kite trimming. 

That's what happened to the guy in the video: he was continuously pulling the bar and overpowered the kite.


We can understand the kite is stalling by simply observing it:
1. The kite starts to fall back on the trailing edge, in the powerzone direction just in front of us;
2. The kite's shape in not straight as usual but the tips tend to close behind (see the above image: the purple kite has a more pronounced arc shape, the green is flatter and more open).

What do we do in that case? As usual, we follow one of the best rules in case of control loss: we release immediately the pull on the bar or even let it go completely. By doing so, the kite will immediately stop stalling, flying back to the border of the window. In this movement it will generate power, because as soon as it gets out of the stall, the lift is restored.

The pull will be proportionate to the distance from the border of the window: if the kite was all the way down in the powerzone, the pull will be strong! 

This fact leads us to two final conclusions: 
1. The faster you cease to stall the kite, the slower it will fall in the powerzone, generating a less dangerous pull in case of relaunch; 
2. If you had stalled the kite completely in the power zone - especially if the leading edge is still pointing upwards (as in the third attempt in the video), you might want to activate your quick release in order to prevent the unwanted kite restart and huge pull.




If you have any comments or questions, please share your opinion with us!




Blog post about the stall of a kite: what's it caused by and how to prevent it safely
Date published: 04/12/2015
Date Update: 04/12/2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Knots on Kite Lines... Watch Out!

You do not know how, nor why. Knots on your lines are like mushrooms: they seem to appear from nowhere.
Let's see how to get rid of them and why...


Kitesurfing line knots


I have noticed that when kitesurfers find knots on their kitesurf lines, some will just ignore them and go for their kitesurfing session as usual, while some others will try untie them, usually unsuccessfully.
Sometimes, a kiteboarding 'expert' appears, who suggests to give it a try with a needle soaked in oil, and others propose to soak the knots in water to make them softer.



The knots on kitesurfing lines often remain an underestimated problem, and I suggest you immediately untie any of them as they appear. Here's why:

1. SAFETY

As you already know, almost all lines are designed to bear heavy loads before breaking down: somewhere from 200 kg (450 lbs) up to 350 kg (750 lbs) for the lines of better quality. Typically the front-lines have increased load or at worst have equal resistance compared to the back-lines. Considering that each knot induces a reduction of 50% on the breaking load of your kitesurfing line, you can understand how using a bar with a knot is insecure. 

Furthermore, Dyneema kitesurf line failure loads are tested in a static situation while your weight is applied dynamically. This effect will add a new component of strain on your beloved lines.

According to Newton's laws, when you measure your weight in the morning, while yawning on a scale, you do not get your real solicitation on the kite lines, because you will still have to add the force produced by your body mass in acceleration. The amount of added strength is defined by the well-known formula: F = M x A.  This effect, which might even double the strain, will help you understand what happens with your kitesurfing lines: in this situation, with lines weakened by knots, a break is quite possible.

Having a kite connected only by 3 lines is not recommended. If you are lucky and the knot is located on one of the front lines, the kite will collapse into the water producing a medium or low traction, even if you instinctively pull the bar. If your knot is on the back lines, it becomes potentially very dangerous for you and for the other kitesurfers around. Your kite will begin to loop, producing an uncontrollable pull. Furthermore, if you set up your safety system in suicide mode your kite might not stop looping and pulling, even if you activate the safety quick release.


2. RISK OF ENDING THE KITESURFING SESSION PREMATURELY


Even though being in high water with 3 lines gives you the opportunity to practice the self-rescue technique to return to the beach, if you are not 100% trained, especially if it's winter, this is something that you might want to avoid. If you left the board to make it is easy to get back on the shore, you will risk losing it, because you will not be able to get back into the water on time to retrieve it. At that point your session will be a GAME OVER.

3. DIFFERENT LINE LENGTH

A knot shortens the line by about 2-4 mm, depending on its position and the thickness of the line. Due to the weakening of the line this difference of length might increase easily. A very sensitive wakestyler would immediately feel the bar's slight unbalance.

4. LIFE OF THE KITE GEAR

A knot is like a sharp "edge" for your lines that also mingles them up. The lines will get more micro-abrasions, deteriorating unevenly. This could impact the longevity of your equipment.


HOW DO YOU CREATE THE KNOTS ON THE KITE LINES?

If you often find yourself with knots on your lines, it might be the result of unwinding the bar with the line terminals downwind of it. You might have been told that wind straightens lines, but I'd say it's the opposite. In fact, the terminal will begin to rotate as a "pinwheel," while being whipped by the wind, and the lines will start twisting and creating knots. Solution: BLOCK terminals in the sand and safely unwind the bar downwind from the kite.


WHAT TO AVOID ANYTIME

During my kitesurfing years I have heard many weird solutions to the knot problem, even by really good instructors. For example, one suggested to 'balance the knots' by adding some on all the straight lines... Good luck with that one.

ANOTHER THING TO AVOID AND WHY

The use of awls or needles on fibers such as Dyneema are lethal for the fiber itself. If we put these materials under a microscope, we would see something like this:

Kitesurfing lines Material


Left: natural cotton fiber. Right: very similar fiber to our Spectra (or Dyneema: different name, same fiber).

The low stretching characteristic of the kite lines is due to the incredible density that Dyneema is made of.

You can easily imagine a needle passing through the left fiber with no damages, but you can't say the same for the right one. A normal sewing needle is in fact three/four times bigger than these fibers and it will be practically impossible to make it pass through them without damaging the monofilaments, resulting in a dangerous impairment of the stretching resistance capabilities, especially in the presence of a knot, which strains the fibers even more. So working with blunt tools, even a seemingly "harmless" needle, is not recommendable.

MY FRIEND AGOSTINO'S OLD SOLUTION

This solution might seem a bit rustic or rough, but it actually turns out to be quite effective.
To untie ANY knots you need 3 simple ingredients

1) Teeth
2) Time
3) Patience

Instructions:
Put the knot in your mouth (maybe you can wash the line first if you are a bit squeamish, if not, you'll find it a bit salty), soak it well and after a minute you'll start to gently chew and squeeze it as a gum. Never exaggerate with the strain, just let it get soft gently (your teeth will thank you, by the way).
Change slightly the point of application of the 'bite' while chewing. Be patient and keep going on (use this time to focus on the next kite trick you want to try). Leave it up to your saliva - it will reach all the gaps, lubricating the movement and the slip of the fibers, forcing the knot to yield, and allowing a comfortable loose. Eventually the knot will start getting softer and softer until you are able to untie it.
That's it, you did it without any instrument or magic lubricants.

If you find the use of teeth a bit dramatic, you can still soak the line with water and use your nails, it works the same, with some more patience and effort.

If you have any suggestion, addition or perplexity, please don't hesitate to comment..


Original article by Agostino Martino
IKO Level 2 Senior, A.I. Trainer, IKO Certificated Coach
Head Instructor at NewKiteZone in Punta Pellaro (Reggio Calabria - Italy)
Original article Link




Post about the danger or having a kitesurf session with knots on the lines. It's always very important to untie a knot on the kite lines as soon as it appears
Date published: 02/09/2015
Date Update: 02/09/2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Line Managers: the New Way to Quickly Set Up Your Kite. True or False?

Probably most of the kiters have already seen these kind of devices, used to manage the lines.
They promise to make the boring line connection process easier and faster, but is it true?

I tested two different types of them myself and here's what I found out.

Kite Line Splitter
Looper



Even though both have the same the goal to help you set up your kitelines as fast as possible, those two systems are pretty different, as you can see from their appearance. First we will analyze both step by step as they are supposed to function, and then I will give you my impressions in the field trial.


Kite Line Splitter

This device is pretty simple and light to carry: it fits in a open-able box that can hold the four or five lines attached on your bar. I tested it for one month when I was a chief instructor at AK kiteschool in Salento this summer. The school used it to make student gear set up process faster.
Let's see how it works:


1. prepare bar and lines as usual

2. setup the lines as if you where preparing the kite to fly

3. start putting the lines in the proper order inside the splitter

4. once finished close the line splitter keeping in mind the uper side you used, not to invert the lines

5. the splitter correctly closed with the kite lines in appropriate order

6. lines have been wrapped back on the bar

5. connect the lines to the kite keeping the side-up you checked before in the upright position to prevent the line inversion
6. you can let the kite fly with the splitter closed on a back line... or just put the splitter in the poket


First Kite Line Splitter installation:
  1. Prepare bar and lines as usual;
  2. Setup the lines as if you were preparing the kite to fly;
  3. Start putting the lines in the proper order inside the splitter;
  4. Once finished, close the line keeping in mind the upper side you used, not to invert the kite lines (and this might be the tricky part if you don't pay attention). This operation is very important because otherwise you might invert the order of line connection, resulting in a reverse bar linkage;
  5. Wind back the lines on the bar.
Kite setup:
  1. Attach the lines to the kite (no need to unwind the lines first since they'are already in the proper order), paying a lot of attention on positioning the upper side of the splitter as not to invert the line order;
  2. Unwind the lines and check if there are no tangles or knots (sometimes it happened that the lines had tangles and pulling them to get them straight needed some expertise);
  3. Fly the kite.


Looper

The second line manager was kindly sent to me for a test from Ben, the manufacturer. I spent a whole morning winding and unwinding lines to find out how it performed. So let's see how it works:

1. Looper package equipped with sleeve and a kite bar

2. prepare the lines as to be connected to the kite

3. Once cleared put them in the right order on the looper

4. wind up the lines on the looper

5. use the looper's bungees to keep the bar attached to it

6. safely put everything in the sleeve

First looper installation (actually you can perform this operation just at the next kite session end, since it is exactly how it normally works):
  1. Prepare bar and lines as if you were about to connect them to the kite;
  2. Connect the lines to the Looper in the center on the special comb-shaped connector to keep them in order (this operation is pretty easy since the device has a clear 'up' indication where you're meant to make the lines pass through);
  3. Wind the lines on the Looper, paying attention to give them a slight tension in order to make the operation easier and the lines straighter;
  4. Block the Looper and the bar together using the bungees;
  5. Put the Looper-bar system in the sleeve to protect them. 
Kite setup:
  1. Unwind the lines from the Looper by just putting the bar on the ground and walking away from it while holding the device in the proper position (this results in a very quick operation, but you have to make sure the bar is blocked by some sand, or in some other way, in order not to drag it with you, since you need a little tension to unroll the lines properly: this precaution is mostly the same as you were unwinding the lines in the traditional way)
  2. Detach the lines from the Looper connector, keeping the correct order while setting them down on the ground and attach them to the kite;
  3. Fly the kite.

Pros and Cons of the different Line Managers


Line Splitter (price on the website: 19.90 € - 23.15 USD)

Pros Cons
Very small and handy
You have to choose the upper side of the splitter when hooking in the lines, but there is no particular indication. Otherwise you might connect reversed lines.
Not very intuitive for beginners.
It can be left attached to a backline, being always with the bar, no need to leave it on the beach
After connecting, unwinding the lines might sometimes result in some tangles that will require a good level of expertise, otherwise you loose the advantage of the device.
Does not add extra volume to the bar when it has to be stored or for trips
You have to store it correctly to avoid reversal of lines, causing tangles during the next session
A very good point for this device consist in the fact that, if there is no space on a beach, you can attach the lines and unwind them with the kite directly in the water (only for real experts - beginners might have serious problems performing this operation and it might result pretty dangerous)  Very basic packaging and no additional accessories.



Looper (price on the website: 25.70 € - 29.90 USD)

Pros Cons
You have clear indications on how to set up lines and it's easy to avoid confusion.
Pretty useful, especially for beginners.
It is something more you have to carry with you. It increases the volume of the bar by a bit, so if you have to travel, it might occupy some precious space, especially if you have more than one bar.
Winding and unwinding the lines is a very fast operation, compared to the classical operation with the bar.
When you wind the lines, you have to firmly install the bar on the sand, because you need to have a bit of tension on the lines in order to store them in good order on the device. Same thing for unwinding the lines.
It's equipped with bungees, which it connect to the bar, keeping everything in perfect order.
You basically need the same amount of space on the beach as if you were setting up the lines in a traditional way.
Packaging is very well made and you also get a nice sleeve to put in your Looper - bar system for better storage and protection of your gear.

Conclusions.

If you don't own any of these tools, it won't prevent you from kiting, but they effectively help you with your set up process and you are in the water much faster.
The retail price is insignificant compared to the kite gear costs, so from that point of view it wouldn't be a big issue. Let's say that the slight difference of price between the two line managers makes me say you will get a much higher quality/price ratio with the Looper than with the pretty simple Kite Line Splitter: just for $6 USD of price difference you will have a more sophisticated device, including a fancy sleeve and better packaging.
Besides, I would say the Looper is more beginner-friendly.
The Kite Line Splitter, on the other hand, might be a better solution for frequent travelers (see my blogpost on how to avoid kitesurfing gear transportation fees by airlines), who need to minimize the amount of accessories they carry with them and, as I mentioned before, it can be more useful in a situation where the beach is very narrow, but only by very experienced kitesurfers.

I hope you enjoyed my experience with these kitesurf line managers, but I am very interested in your opinion, too. What do you think about them?



A review of line managers, to quickly deploy kitesurfing lines, avoiding knots and tangles
Date published: 01/20/2015
Date Update: 20/01/2015