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 Post subject: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:54 pm 
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So who prefers a good upwind wave ride to down the line?

Well I've tried for some years to feel the love for down the line wave riding. But at the end of the day I prefer charging upwind of the wave face.

I love that feel of power from the kite and power from the wave at the same time. Hold it on the wave face until it closes out then bar in and crank down the face and just miss a hammering. Great fun.

Had a wicked session today. SOLID walls on a point break. A good 1.5 some double head. All the down the line guys clear out and left leaving me with my own personal line up of epicness! . Mustn't have been a good angle for DTL riding.

Awesome angle for me. super clean faces ahhh. boost of the double head walls on the way out. That is why I started kitesurfing.

Anyway. Am I just a weirdo? or the others who prefer upwind wave riding?


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:42 pm 
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I'm trying to imagine how this is even possible.

I'm guessing you have a side-shore-ish swell direction, or riding in very offshore wind?


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:23 pm 
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dyyylan wrote:
I'm trying to imagine how this is even possible.

I'm guessing you have a side-shore-ish swell direction, or riding in very offshore wind?



cross on to cross shore wind.


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:31 pm 
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Yup your a weirdo!!
Only kidding, who cares what the others think...
There's way to much pressure like "loose the straps dude" "gotta do boots man" "unhook bro"
Just do what ya love doing rather than what the rest want you to do!


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:58 pm 
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dyyylan wrote:
I'm trying to imagine how this is even possible.

I'm guessing you have a side-shore-ish swell direction, or riding in very offshore wind?


Like in cabo verde?


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:06 am 
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plummet wrote:
dyyylan wrote:
I'm trying to imagine how this is even possible.

I'm guessing you have a side-shore-ish swell direction, or riding in very offshore wind?



cross on to cross shore wind.


you would still be going downwind if you want to stay on the wave, going upwind you would basically be using it as a ramp and going off the back... unless your swell direction isn't directly onshore


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:25 am 
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I agree with Windsucks, who cares what other think. I also think it depends on the wave, is it breaking left or right and the direction of the wind. I certainly have had fun going upwind and wave riding and I have seen others do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:56 am 
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Great Windsucks!!!!!!
should be kitesurfers bible


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:50 am 
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Definitely prefer up the line when it's available. Our wind needs to get just a few degrees off the standard direction to make it great, if it's the normal direction I have to fight to access the pocket.

It seems like when you are riding up the line you don't have to dump power in the top and bottom turns and can enjoy your moments at the lip.

Although if I think about it riding down the line is also my favorite... it's been a long winter and I just want to ride some waves.


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 Post subject: Re: Whose a weirdo and prefer upwind wave riding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:29 am 
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windsuks wrote:
Yup your a weirdo!!
Only kidding, who cares what the others think...
There's way to much pressure like "loose the straps dude" "gotta do boots man" "unhook bro"
Just do what ya love doing rather than what the rest want you to do!


It does look better though.


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