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Old 05-06-2013, 08:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I did a few baker laps with this guy local expat skier that moved to the some Caribbean island and run a little motel on the beach that caters to kites and wind surfer types. He said its really easy once you understand the kite and wind and can put it into neutral...apparently the boarding part is very easy.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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apparently the boarding part is very easy.
Have fun
Though I'm a bit suspicious about the duck stances

Not enough wind today... only thing I got so far is a sunburn
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Though I'm a bit suspicious about the duck stances

Not enough wind today... only thing I got so far is a sunburn
Might be enlightening for snowboarding.

Also remember that snow kiting combines both these sports...
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Yup, the Canaries are awesome this time of year. Have fun .
Well... they SHOULD be...

Day 1-3: no wind. Getting increasingly moody (imagine fresh pow and thick fog)
Day 4: too much wind, no practicing possible. Getting frustrated (fresh pow and super high avy danger)
Day 5: finally first kite contact. Wow, this is so much fun! Only had about 2 hrs of good wind, but enough to practice kite control and learn the hard way, what the "powerzone" is and why it's forbidden for beginners didn't eat sand, practicing took place in a nice lagoon with knee deep warm water, so only a few gulps of water . It's fantastic! Got the feeling for the steering almost immediately, wasn't as hard as expected. So much fun to feel the force of the kite, to steer it and let it drag you through the water. Well, I also did some unintended jumps - little wind hole, kite falls into the forbidden powerzone, is hit by the next blast ... uuups... and off I went. Not the best experience with a weak neck... was remembered of my ruptured disks again. Anyway, could have done this for hours!

Was so very stoked for the next day to come cause this would have been the day when I could have added the board to the equitation and find out, how both together would work. Well... day 6: NO WIND. Aaaaaaaaaah! Now (nighttime) the bugger blows, it sounds like laughter to me (mother nature can be a real bitch) and tomorrow I'll be back in freezing cold Switzerland with freezing cold mountain lakes bit frustrated again but hey, at least I know now whats the next gear to buy: kite, board and a DRY SUIT

Whoever has the chance to try kite surfing - TRY IT! I only got a glimpse of it but already this was super fun.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #15 (permalink)
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New board in the quiver A 133cm rocker with duck angles LOL
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Neni, are pigs flying in that part of the world? How long before they reach North America?!?
2nd try, now in the right thread




Makes more sense now?
My first brand new kiteboard as I said, a full rocker twin 133cm with symmetrical stances .
Isn't she a beauty? Can't wait for the wind to come!
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Might be enlightening for snowboarding.

Also remember that snow kiting combines both these sports...
Oh... damn... there's no way around riding switch and getting a twin. Now I know what I have to exercise the next 10 years


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No a lot of wind down in the "flat" lands where I live... thus packing the car now with whatever is warm. Weekend kite surfing trip to a mountain lake at 1800 meters see level. 6C air temperature is announced, didn't dare to ask about the water temperature
Anyway, they got reliable daily thermic winds up there, so I hope it'll be worth the cold
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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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... 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.
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