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Old 06-13-2007, 11:45 AM
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Finally mastering the Wakekite

Despite the controversy, I purchased the wakekite about a month ago. After about 5 outings - It wasn't until last weekend when I was truly able to get some SERIOUS air, and transition from "board curled behind" to some "raleys". Which I can't land sucessfully on a board alone.

The rig is a bit pricey, (I got mine for $1300) - but after really taking the time to learn it - it's ALOT of fun and captures many onlookers at the lake. You can catch some monster air and land relatively easy.

Anyone else messing with this thing?
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:47 AM
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What is a wakekite? I don't think I have ever seen one.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:11 PM
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It's basically based upon the concept of Kiteboarding except you pull the kite behind the boat. It doesn't offer any positive lift like a parasail but when you jump, it gives a 0 gravity effect to your wakeboarding. Let me see if I can find a picture to post ...



Ironically, the only pic I have is with powerlines in the background ... I can see the replies now.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:14 PM
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That looks really fun. And YEA you are going to get bashed about the power lines
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:57 PM
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Do you control the kite or is it boat speed or what?
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:03 PM
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Do you control the kite or is it boat speed or what?

Depends on how many volts are flowing thru the power lines!
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:04 PM
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The kite floats behind you in the water until you get up to about 10 mph then it takes off and flies above you. You drive at the normal wakeboard speed of 18-21 and you steer it by tilting the handle left or right. By tilting the handle, you get the kite to lean one way or another - then you just cut out in the coressponding direction. To get it to fly upwards - you just flatten out the handle about 10 feet before you actually cut across the wake and by timing the upwards flight of the kite with your actual jump ---you can get some serious air!
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:05 PM
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I was waiting on the powerline segway ...
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:47 PM
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Do you have a harness that attaches you to the kite or is the kite attached to the handle? I.E., when you're up in the air, what happens if you let go of the handle? Do you fall to your doom or do you end up hanging from the kite?
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:24 AM
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You actually hold the handle which is attached to the kite and also to the boat. When you let go of the rope, the handle disconnects from the boat line. The kite and attached handle flutters and falls near you where as the towline remains with the boat. You swim over to the kite and handle and wait for the rider to throw the tow rope back out to you so you can reconnect the safety release ... make sense?
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