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by North_Wind
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Recommendations for a January Foiling vacation
Replies: 17
Views: 1167

Re: Recommendations for a January Foiling vacation

Lots of our guests were foiling last year, but they were mainly doing it in the main bay (ocean) in front of the house rather than Langebaan. They all seemed to be having an amazing time. Couldn't believe from the GPS tracks how far they were able to go upwind. Here is an article Danny Morrice (ex R...
by North_Wind
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Good luck Caribbean and South Florida
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Good luck Caribbean and South Florida

Feeling very sad about Anegada in the BVI. I was there in the BVI for work in May last year and popped over for a few days to work (and kite) there. Beautiful spot. Problem is the highest point on the island is 28 feet above sea level. They had an evacuation but apparently some people stayed behind....
by North_Wind
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Global Kiteboarding Population
Replies: 29
Views: 2469

Re: Global Kiteboarding Population

British Kitesports (the governing body in the UK)has about 4,000 members. We try to work out from time to time how many active kiteboarders in the UK are members and how many are not. Our best estimate is that roughly 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 active kiteboarders are members. That puts the number of active k...
by North_Wind
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: South Africa: Nov - Jan, what kite size?
Replies: 10
Views: 1352

Re: South Africa: Nov - Jan, what kite size?

For those months and 70 kgs I would recommend 5 & 7/8m or 6 and 8/9m. If you have the weight allowance your third kite would be 11/12m.

Any other questions let me know.

BA
www.capetownkiteclub.com
by North_Wind
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: UK in April
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: UK in April

Hi Ross - April can be a very windy month. The Western side can be almost as windy as Ireland - windier in fact sometimes in the Irish Sea as you get a venturi effect as Ireland and the UK pinch together in a triangle shape. So, yes, if you can take your kite gear without extra expense (or the forec...
by North_Wind
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite
Replies: 17
Views: 2263

Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Lots to do in Cape Town for the non-kiter: Sport: World class cycling (get up early for cool temps and avoid the wind) including the famous "Cape Argus" route up Chapman's peak. Good cycle lanes and many many groups who ride if you want to cycle with others. Good tennis courts, good gyms; local Virg...
by North_Wind
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Belgian kiter (64) found dead after a night long search - Netherlands
Replies: 44
Views: 4086

Re: Belgian kiter (64) found dead after a night long search - Netherlands

Yeah but of your being dragged offshore by your kite would you a) stay hooked in and hope for rescue. you could be 30 miles out to sea before anyone knows your missing. B) ditch the kite and attempt to swim in? Which chance has the greatest success? I think i would roll with swim in rather than wai...
by North_Wind
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Alternatives to Brazil end October beginning of November
Replies: 13
Views: 2184

Re: Alternatives to Brazil end October beginning of November

Hi Toby & others - Cape Town is in fact windier in November than it is January. See the statistics here: https://www.windfinder.com/windstatistics/big_bay * * This shows % days > Bft. 4 and average wind strength. Windfinder averages wind between 07.00 - 19.00. The effective wind is more since in Cap...
by North_Wind
Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New kitesurf world record
Replies: 0
Views: 394

New kitesurf world record

Surprised none of the official organisers have posted yet but this Sunday a new world record was set for the most number of kitesurfers to "parade" (the word they use) over a fixed distance (about a quarter mile I think). The record was set on Sunday afternoon at Hayling Island in the UK. 423 kiters...
by North_Wind
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK
Replies: 9
Views: 1396

Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

The London group is greatly reinvigorated in recent times which has its pluses and minuses. I am for the time being one of the directors/organisers of the new BKSA Affiliated Club we have set up. We will arrange to re-mail our members next time there is a SW to remind them of the Brancaster zoning. ...

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