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    GIVE YOUR OLD PUMP NEW LIFE (OR KEEP YOUR NEW PUMP FEELING GOOD) BEST KITE PUMP ADVICE

    Kite pumps are like sunglasses.

    It seems like every time I invest in an expensive pair of shades something happens to them. I’ll forget them somewhere, leave them in someone’s car, lose them on the beach or they’ll get scratched, broken or stolen. Meanwhile, the cheap gas station aviators stick around forever.
    Pumps are the same story. I’ve gone through about ten decent ones in my days- some I purchased new and some, admittedly, I inherited from friends with the same forgetful tendencies as myself. For one reason or another, it’s always the same crusty old pump that makes it with me to the beach and back. I’ve had it for years, and my friends give me a hard time about constantly, considering I work for a kiteboarding company. Having the worst pump on the beach does have its benefits- nobody asks me to borrow it and nobody seems interested in stealing it.
    Every time I use someone’s new, bazooka-like pump (a shameless plug for the Slingshot Kim K Pump), I marvel at how smooth it feels, how much less it hurts my back and how much faster I can inflate my kite. But, like the pair of $200 Ray Bans I’ll bought last summer and lost the next day, I guess I just wasn’t meant to have a big baller pump. Instead, I’ll just have to do a little maintenance and get another season out of old Betsy.

    Here’s how to give your old pump new life:

    1.  In a clean, sand-free area unscrew the pump cap and separate the handle and plunger from the pump body. If this is your first time disassembling your pump, it may take a little extra effort.
    2. Thoroughly clean and wipe all internal parts with a basic all-purpose household cleaner. DO NOT USE WD40, it can break down the rubber seals and gaskets and ruin your pump.
    3.  Inspect all rubber components, gaskets and seals. Most pump parts are non-replaceable, so if something is damaged or malfunctioning, you’ll either have to find fix or get a new pump.
    4.  Clean and Inspect the two small in/out valves at the base of the plunger. Make sure they are securely in place.
    5.  Make sure the plunger is tight on the shaft.
    6.  Clean the inside of the pump body.
    7.  Lubricate interior components and the inside of the pump with silicon spray or lithium grease.
    8.  Reassemble, screw tight and cycle pump a couple times to ensure smooth operation and an even layer of lube.
    9.  Pump hose: Leaks are most common at the base of the hose where it connects to the pump. If that is the case, you can cut the hose just above the leak, cut out the pump attachment and re-glue it to the remaining section of hose.
      Important: Don’t use WD40, it can break down the rubber components and ruin your pump

    THE BEST WAKESTYLE KITEBOARD | WHAT MAKES IT FOR 2018

    WHAT MAKES A GOOD WAKESTYLE KITEBOARD?  PEOPLE LIKE SAM AND KAROLINA WHO DOMINATE EVERY PARK SETTING IN THE WORLD.

    Our Mens Version is inspired by Sam Light – The Refraction.

     

    Our Women Version is inspired by Karolina Winkowska – The Karolina Pro

    Additional Info:

    While a dedicated wakestyle board will perform quite well for general freeriding, it really excels with riders focused on unhooked tricks, flat water freestyle, kickers, rails and sliders and cross-over use in cable parks. With more of a focus on pop and less on chop, a wakestyle board will be stiff, with high rocker and a squared off tip and tail. Bottom contour is designed to minimize the chances of catching an edge on a rail or slider, especially in the tip and tail when locked into presses. A thicker slider base adds weight but is important for durability, especially if it’ll be used in a slider park or as a crossover cable board.

    Wakestyle boards feature:
    • Stiff flex: Maximizes pop and best handles aggressive, powered-up riding
    • High rocker: Softens flat landings and has a loose, washy feel on the water
    • Squared tip/tail: More pop
    • Slider base: Important for durability with kickers, rails, sliders and cable parks
    • Bottom contour: Designed to minimize catching an edge on features

    In Slingshot’s lineup, the boards that best fit this description are the Refraction and the Karolina Pro.