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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2021, 09:51:03 PM »
I'm hard on equipment but I do a decent job of fixing it. I've never had a problem with a bladder for all my abuse other than a lifeguard deflating a wing with a knife and a pesky thorn in North Kihei. When I feel particularly motivated I let the wings dry completely, roll each wing separately, squeeze/fold up the strut and pack it in the bag, but most times I fold wingtip to wingtip, roll them together, and stuff in the bag. It's been hot here in the gorge. Most days a wing is totally dry in 15 minutes. I tie the wing to the tether cable (yup, we've got those here) put away my board and other stuff. Change to dry clothes and my wing is ready to roll.

So what about the lifeguard/knife story. It's been a slow news day-do tell!

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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2021, 03:28:34 PM »
I just wanted to share my Earth shattering epiphany about drying wings. I got out of the water and flew the wing over head and gave it a vigorous pumping. It just dumped all the water off and was practically dry almost immediately!
I'm sure I'm not the first person to figure this out but it was pretty awesome. Now I can store my wings dry without extra handling or effort!
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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2021, 05:36:44 AM »
No matter how vigorously I pump mine after rinsing with fresh water, it still takes at least a couple of hours to dry. Maybe rinsing in saltwater dries faster.
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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2021, 06:01:09 AM »
No matter how vigorously I pump mine after rinsing with fresh water, it still takes at least a couple of hours to dry. Maybe rinsing in saltwater dries faster.

Same here,shaking takes the big droplets out but the material stays wet.
It is not the saltwater,it actually evaporates slower than fresh,and the moisture hungry salt crystals stay there so it is never fully dry.

However new wings absorb a lot less water because they are less porous,the resin in the dacron and ripstop is less broken down,so they do dry quicker and shaking them out will probably give better results.

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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2021, 08:19:09 AM »
I'm hard on equipment but I do a decent job of fixing it. I've never had a problem with a bladder for all my abuse other than a lifeguard deflating a wing with a knife and a pesky thorn in North Kihei. When I feel particularly motivated I let the wings dry completely, roll each wing separately, squeeze/fold up the strut and pack it in the bag, but most times I fold wingtip to wingtip, roll them together, and stuff in the bag. It's been hot here in the gorge. Most days a wing is totally dry in 15 minutes. I tie the wing to the tether cable (yup, we've got those here) put away my board and other stuff. Change to dry clothes and my wing is ready to roll.

So what about the lifeguard/knife story. It's been a slow news day-do tell!

Old story (I try to stick to things no older than a week). I lost my wing about half a mile out in Ma'alaea bay and had to prone in and got met on the beach by about every emergency service Maui has. A tourist saw the wing tumbling along and thought someone was in trouble. the head lifeguard dispatched a jetski to grab it so it didn't get reported by more tourists and the driver didn't know how to deflate it, so he used the stab method. All-wet just bought that wing, professionally repaired on Maui.
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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2021, 09:15:57 AM »
No matter how vigorously I pump mine after rinsing with fresh water, it still takes at least a couple of hours to dry. Maybe rinsing in saltwater dries faster.

The only thing I can think of is that I do it at the beach when I get out of the water. It definitely moves a ton of water and the wind takes is away. I'm flying my wing overhead and pumping enough to make the sail snap back and forth. It's been super effective for me.
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Re: How do you store your wing(s)?
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2021, 11:04:33 AM »
Same here,shaking takes the big droplets out but the material stays wet.
It is not the saltwater,it actually evaporates slower than fresh,and the moisture hungry salt crystals stay there so it is never fully dry.

I was thinking the same thing.  Saltwater never seems to dry fully.  My boards stay wet for weeks if I don't rinse them with fresh after.  I went swimming in the ocean two weeks ago and the towel I dried off with is still damp.

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