Sorry to hear about your accident & I hope your shoulder gets better soon.dracates wrote:This exact same thing happen to me a couple of months ago at Sandy Hook NJ. I tried to self launch in storm like conditions.
hmm.. i usually kite-surf on open beaches with a strapless surfboard. i play around a lot and crash my kite in the surf regularly. it was blowing 25knot gusting a bit more yesterday. i rolled my kite on two less than elegant occasions yesterday. i was way downwind of the pack. twice i self landed my kite, fixed the lines, and self launched. been kiting 4 years or so. self launch all the time. under 35knots i have no problems with it. so,, rule 5 won't work for me. sorry no offence. now if i had to launch in a crowded or tight area, rule 5 would work for me. rule 6 works for me at all times.MarcusH wrote: I guess you can add some more points to your list: 5) NEVER self-launch in high winds. and 6) ALWAYS keep your kite low when on the land, whatever you think the wind is doing.
zerium wrote:I have to say as a newbie (one solo sesh w/ no instructor) I went out two days ago when we started getting the effects of Fay onshore up here in GA. Wind was a perfect steady 15+ but there was a massive dark cloud approaching the beach. I waited it out while some guys stayed out and put up after the storm passed (only to watch the wind die and not get to ride or even fly the kite). However, when my wife asked me if that was irritating my only thoughts were about the consequences of making a poor decision to go out and ending up way overpowered (and of course this video replaying in my mind).
I wish the guy a speedy recovery and I hope that others will think twice about going out when conditions are even iffy (storm cells approaching visibly or on radar).
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