Nobody wants a leaky valve but unfortunately with time, it happens… This is where the valve peels away from the bladder as the glue deteriorates and will result in a slow puncture. This is often discovered when looking for a puncture or if you wiggle the valve and hear a hissing noise.
Spare valves are sold at the kitesurf center (£9.99) which already have and adhesive applied to them, just like a puncture repair patch. This saves buying a tube of Aquasure glue and makes for a quicker job with no drying time. However the whole process is outlined below in 10 simple steps for a standard valve replacement.
Locate the leaking valve either by sound or if you can’t hear it, use bubbly water like you would for a normal puncture (Check previous post).
Remove the bladder with the leaky valve. If it is on a one pump system, then remove the connecting tube if needed. Again, DON’T forget to tie a long string onto the valve or bladder if you need to remove the strut completely. Then you can pull it back through easily.
If there is only a small leak then you can leave the valve in place and bung up and glue over the hole with Aquasure glue, however it is usually a sign that the rest of the glue is about to go too.
If it is a large leak or you want to redo the gluing, remove the valve. It may be easier to heat it up using a hair drier first.
Clean and sand the valve and bladder where it was attached.
Apply a thin layer of glue around the base of the valve.
Squish it back into place, making sure the bladder isn’t stretched or crumpled underneath the valve. It is best to put it on a flat solid surface for this and leave it here for drying.
Apply pressure on the edges of the valve; an upside down shot glass normally does the trick.
Weight it down and leave it to stick for 6 hours.
Put the bladder back in and make sure there are no twists. Inflate and test.
If you kitesurf I’m sure you have or will run into this problem at least once. Learning and progressing your riding naturally comes with a few extra spills. Thankfully, punctures are super easy to fix. It’s just like riding a bike (literally) – bike punctures.
Kite bladders are just like massive bike inner tubes. If you can fix a bicycle puncture then you can fix a kite puncture no problem.
Inflate your kite to the normal pressure.
Locate the puncture – This is the hardest part and can drive you crazy! Use a sponge with soapy water and run it over the leading edge, struts and the valves – Look for bubbles growing.
Once you have located the approximate area, remove the bladder. Depending on where the puncture is located, the best way to remove the bladder differs. You can either undo the end of the leading edge or the strut, then pull the bladder out or alternatively you can remove the bladder through the zip if this is closer. You may need to disconnect the valves and pull them through too. If you are removing the whole bladder DON’T FORGET to tie some line to the end so you can pull it back through later.
Once the punctured section of bladder is out, pump it up but DON’T over inflate. Run the sponge over it again or dip it in a bucket of water to find the hole.
Mark the hole with a biro.
Clean, dry and lightly sand the hole using the sandpaper in the kit.
Lay the bladder flat on a hard surface, peel the back off the repair patch and stick it on If it is cold, use a hairdryer to help the glue stick.
Put the bladder back in as it came out and pull the valves back through the holes. Make sure that no bladder is trapped between the valve base and the kite material.
Inflate the kite slowly, looking for twists in the bladder. Sort these out if they occur. You might have to take it out and do it again until it is flush.
Repeat step 2 and leave inflated for a few hours to see if puncture is fixed.
Since last season we have now expanded the centre and now have one building totally dedicated to the shop, allowing us to stock a huge range of kit in loads of sizes and colours and even have a sofa to chill out on while you watch everyone kitesurfing out the front!
Our kite courses have kicked off for the season, conditions have been excellent, windy everyday! With these northerly winds the temperatures has been quite cold but we have bought lots of new wetsuits, boots, gloves, hoods and jackets to keep you nice and warm. This first week has been perfect, everyone has had great fun!!
Christmas is on the way and we have made up lots of special offers to help you out and keep kiting through the winter months. All sorts of deals, FREE give-aways and big discounts, take a look at them all HERE
It is starting to become a little chilly with these northerly winds, not keeping us out of the sea though!! Lovely strong winds all of last week and it has been sunny and windy all this week……perfect!
We are still open for lessons all the way through the winter, you will not even notice the cold with the equipment you will be supplied with: high quality thick winter wetsuits, gloves, boots, spray jackets and hood……toasty warm!
If you are thinking of venturing out by yourself and need a few extra items for the cold, pop into the centre as we have stocked up with a range of boots, gloves, hoods and jackets, plus the usual rack of warm wetsuits. Check them all out HERE
Due to all the shorts and T Shirt weather we’ve had recently the sea has warmed up enough to start teaching again. We’re running private lessons on the water and full landboard / buggy courses. The first is this Sunday (4th March).
Had a good dump of snow recently and its still sitting on the beach. Nice solid NE wind today making it perfect for a snowkite session if you are brave enough!! We unfortunately had to make the most of the sunny weather to repair the cladding that was blown off the centre in the last storm. Tomorrow is looking windy again though!
Our friend Didier who comes and helps out at the centre in the summer has just become the French snowkite champion. Apart from coming over here to learn English and about being a kitesurfing instructor he also visits Camber as the wind is much more consistent than where he he lives so is great for his training, for both the kitesurf competitions, and it seems the snowkite as well! Have a look at his video below – Well done Didier!!!
Travis Rice, one of the top snowboarders it the world and best know for his Art of Flight and That’s it That’s all films has now joined the Contour camera team and I am sure will be producing some more awesome videos with these cameras.
The contours cameras have some awesome features such as the 270 degree rotating lens with laser alignment, GPS, bluetooth connection, waterproof and amazing 1080p 170 degree film quality, plus they offer some excellent mounting options in a very slick package.
We sold our lovely safety boat at the end of last season as we decided we needed something larger and tougher. Bought a new replacement yesterday, it is the same as the RNLI, Coastguard and Armed Forces use…….perfect!!!