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by Windstoked
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite in Kite out property near Vancouver, Washington
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Kite in Kite out property near Vancouver, Washington

Because of the train tracks on both sides of the river, there are almost no properties with river frontage anywhere within The Gorge. We rented a place in Rowena once where there are a dozen or so houses with big lawns leading down to the water, but the wind quality there is terrible for kiting beca...
by Windstoked
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Airstyle - The Next Level - Toby Braeuer
Replies: 115
Views: 7803

Re: Airstyle - The Next Level - Toby Braeuer

...But, I would offer this critique... For all the smoothness and style present in your riding, the video is really lacking style... I think Toby would agree with that, for his intention is not to impress us with little add-on stylistics and gimmicks that we've all seen at our local beach or in com...
by Windstoked
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Protection against the sun
Replies: 121
Views: 10099

Re: Protection against the sun

Why hasn't anyone stated the obvious we all learned when we were kids: the best protection against the sun is a good tan. Studies have shown that it isn't sun that's worst for skin, it's bad sunburns. In the good old days before sunscreen, we used to get plenty of sun starting in March/April, and by...
by Windstoked
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bridge Of The Gods
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Bridge Of The Gods

Here's a few clips of Brian Frink in the amateur division from last Sunday's competition. He took the lead after this round when it was blowing mid- to upper 20's, but the wind died for the finals which favored the unhooked riders, and he ended up 3rd.

by Windstoked
Tue May 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach
Replies: 65
Views: 8124

Re: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach

I agree, knotwindy, that complete one-handed kite control is a mandatory, but too often high-level kiters with these skills will downplay or even overlook glaring life-threatening risks at a launch because they have mastered these skills, but that isn't reality for beginning kiters. For example, thi...
by Windstoked
Tue May 16, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach
Replies: 65
Views: 8124

Re: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach

I agree that releasing a carabiner one-handed is sometimes challenging, as the carabiner hook at the nose can catch the chicken loop. A snap like the ones on the kite safety leash is easier to undo and less likely to catch. However, I think the one hand launch technique for beginners (with other han...
by Windstoked
Tue May 16, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach
Replies: 65
Views: 8124

Re: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach

Here is a video demonstrating by far the safest way to launch a kite, whether assisted or self-launched. The reason is that the kiter can't get yarded while bringing the kite up to 11 o'clock after initial launch, as that is when the kite hits stronger wind higher up, and if overpowered, that's when...
by Windstoked
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Snowkite Video Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 19836

Re: Snowkite Video Topic

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by Windstoked
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Snowkite Video Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 19836

Re: Snowkite Video Topic

Some recent clips of Brian Frink near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra. It was quite gusty and he is on a small kite (10m Core GTS).

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by Windstoked
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Riding without sunglasses
Replies: 82
Views: 7441

Re: Riding without sunglasses

The best solution to sun-related eye pain/visual impairment I've found is a visor/cap, preferably a wide-billed one. It made an incredible difference. I was having significant eye issues at my local beach when morning kiting due to a dominant west wind pattern and resultant facing the sun in the eas...

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