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How long should your bladder stay hard?

Posted by Stephan Krajicek on

Is it normal for your kite to go soft after a session? What is a reasonable amount of time before you need to re-inflate your kite while at the beach? In this short video, I show you an experiment that i did  on a strut bladder and valve. Watch the video to find out how long a bladder should normally hold pressure. You'll be surprised!

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How to stop an air leak from your inflate or deflate valve

Posted by Stephan Krajicek on

This article is courtesy of Jonnie Eisler, a kite repair specialist in the UK. It shows how to repair a leak in your valve neck quick and easily. We at KITEAID have used this technique before to solve leaking valves and definitely recommend it. We have tie wraps that will do the job in our One Pump Hose and Clamp Kit  The high amount of air pressure used to inflate the bladders on a kite surfing kite can cause air to escape between the plastic bung and neck of the bladder valve. The neck of the valve can be under constant attack from...

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How to fix stretched kite lines

Posted by Stephan Krajicek on

This video shows you how to fix a stretched line. A stretched line can make your kite unpredictable and hard to fly. HOW TO FIX A STRETCH LINE on your bar. from EPIC KITES on Vimeo.  

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SAFETY FIRST!

Posted by Stephan Krajicek on

So you are kiting about 500 meters from shore and you notice a fellow rider with his kite down in the water waving for help. You reach him and assess his situation. He does not seem to have a life threatening injury but is injured nonetheless. The victim is no longer able to kite /body drag/swim back to shore due to his injury. What do you do? Release victim`s kite and kite back to shore alone to call for help and then go back to stay with him? Release victim`s kite and body drag with victim back to shore with...

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KITEAID Team Rider Jason Blanchard at Junior Kiteboarding World Championships in France

Posted by Will Stevens on

If you did not know or have heard of Jason Blanchard, you will from this day forward. Jason is a talented kiteboarder from Quebec, Canada and a driven individual. At the ripe age of 19, his passion for the sport and competition has brought him to different parts of the world to show off his skills and learn from the best. Most recently, he just got back from the Junior Kiteboarding World Championships in France where he finished in the top 10. We got to speak to him recently about his experience and this is what he had to say. What made...

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