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07-05-2015 01:04 PM
Originally Posted by neni View Post

So much fun! Took only a short time to feel confident again even tho not having been kite surfing for 2y.

Seriously, if you have the opportunity to try this as you summer sports, try! So much fun to glide over the water, feel the wind, the force of the kite... yay!
Glad to hear the wind finally started cooperating with you. Sounds like fun.
07-05-2015 10:53 AM
neni yay! Wind! The colorful water ballet has startet

So much fun! Took only a short time to feel confident again even tho not having been kite surfing for 2y.

Seriously, if you have the opportunity to try this as you summer sports, try! So much fun to glide over the water, feel the wind, the force of the kite... yay!
07-05-2015 04:33 AM
neni Next try... been a while since we last let a kite fly. Soooo back to start and back to the mtn lake with reliable thermic.

The long drive there whith its passes is already scenic
winding roads up n down

highest point reached, now down to the lake

sweet spot to put ones tent - some snowfields still remaining from last winter in the background

Pristine water comming directly from the melting snow - yep, it's as cold as it looks

and... waiting for the wind which is supposed to chime in at 2pm...

Last two days, the wind was only mellow, too hot to have proper thermic. Only the ones with hydrofoil boards were able to surf - looks so funny when they rise and "hoover" on the air. Ha, gonna take some years till I'll be able to try such a wobbly thingy.

Let's hope, today will be a good one. Can't wait to get back on a board
08-13-2013 08:19 PM
Tully Does look fun but think ill stick to the snow haha
They don't do much kite boarding here but they do quite a bit of
kite buggying.
08-13-2013 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by Tully View Post
Of those two videos you posted, that is some scary air time the guy in second video is getting, all in all it looks great fun, I might have to give it a try one day.
Do that, it IS fun, even on my noob level. Was spectacing a lot those days at the lake. Was fascinated what tricks the guys were able to do, several seconds in air. Won't be anything I'm up to cos I already loose orientation doing a salto on a tramp . But very interested in wave carving. Like surfing, but without paddeling.

Will def. try snowkiting next season. Got some good spots here for it. And I read about an operator at spots close to Anchorage and Valdez so if I ever get an answer from them, I might add this to the trip next April.
08-13-2013 05:02 AM
Tully Of those two videos you posted, that is some scary air time the guy in second video is getting, all in all it looks great fun, I might have to give it a try one day.
08-03-2013 03:57 PM
neni So... got my 4th day lessons in water with board with stable winds and today managed to not only stay stable on the board but also to run hight and play with the edges. Funniest thing: I'm better riding switch than regular . So I'm officially low intermediate kisurfer (got the VDWS level 4 stamp). As happy as I'm with this fast advancement (allows me to rent material and go by my own without having to hire an instructor), I'm also a bit uhm... worried. Without this orange west marking me as noob and allowing to mess around in the noob area, I'll have to ride at the same spot as ALL the others outside the "protected" area, and there are MANY of them others

And not all of them actually know, what their doing... kite control is key if you have literally hundreds of people in the same spot. Well, together with the promotion came a nice new scar, cos one of these out of control kites crashed and hit me with one of the leashes in the face. Nice... got many scars from sports but managed somehow to get the face out of it till today.

Anyway, very happy, the feeling of trashing over the water is so great! it's rather effortless for the arms compared to windsurfing or wakeboarding. The kite and the harness are doing most of the work. You only got some grams in your fingers. Actually, you can steer the kite with two fingers. Big advantage of being a girl and being light is that you can use smaller kites for the same amount of wind as a heavier guy. And smaller kites are much livelier, react faster. A very woman-friendly sport to all the girls here: try it! But get proper lessons and learn the basics. Kite control! An out of control kite hitting people is no fun.
08-01-2013 04:19 AM
08-01-2013 04:02 AM
Today I love...

... waking up, crawling out of the tent and being welcomed by this sight

Bank holiday, fled the insane heat in the flatlands. Up here at 1800m its only 26C and the advantage of the stable high pressure weather are stable thermic winds.
07-22-2013 04:57 PM
neni 4hrs drive to the end of the world and then no wind. gosh... the hardest thing with learning to kitesurf is learning to be patient!

Another weekend, another 5hrs drive to this mountain surf lake and finally lucky with the weather The school there is very professional, we finally get a proper introduction. Lessons started with a lot of theory about wind windows and cryptic sailing language. I can't even distinguish left from right, how am I supposed to ever get this new definitions...
Anyway... as soon as I had the kite actually in my hands, it gets better. Steering works fine. So much fun to try to direct this huge powerful sail with tiny movements of the fingers. Ok, after proofing that one has the kite under control, allowed to enter the water (without board) and go crazy. Aim: Pull the kite into the power zone (where it has the most wind pressure) and find out what happens unbelievable, how much force even a small schooling kite has. It pulled me completely out of the water and some seconds it was like flying. Then flat on the watersurface and lots of gulps. If you ever try this, remember to keep your mouth closed and don't yell!

Next day: now with a board! Yea! Instructions: let yourself drag 1.5 leash lengths into the lake and then try to get on the board, direction further into the lake. Uhm... that's the WRONG direction... that's switch! I'm the most untalented person on earth if it comes to riding the WRONG direction . Well, you can't change wind direction and geographic location.
Ok... control the kite, drag, check kite, don't get disturbed by the hundreds (ok, I'm exaggerating. About 70) other kiters rushing past, check kite again, grab the board, oooooh... don't forget to control the kite. Swallow the water, grab board again WHILE controling the kite. Enter the bindings, last suspicious look at the duck stances and the direction, hell, it will work somehow. last deep breath and pull the kite into the power zone
Now comes the part where the emotions went from yeeeeea (2m riding ON the water, SWITCH) to brrrrlp (submarine). Do not ever pull the bar to your body and forget to let go. And don't think a kiteboard rides like a snowboard. Well, at some point they do: catching edges is an issue again. Scorpioned flat several times

Advantage of mountain lake: sweet water. I swallowed huge amounts of water that day. Disadvantage: unpredictable weather. A thunder storm lead to an abrupt end of the fun. We'll be there again in two weeks!

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