or6 wrote:You'd have to start with some wind, to get the kite flying
Put the kite on the beach in a hot launch position swim out into the water upwind ah I mean upcurrent of the kite. Now let the current drag you downwind, as soon as your lines go tight the kite will pop up and start flying and you will be drifting downwind while the kite stays in the air with apparent wind. Might be fun to do on a tidal current, there are some nice strong tidal currents I know of you could do this near Vancouver in the islands, can get up to 8 knots or so definitely enough to hydrofoil on and stay upwind or I guess upcurrent?
The wildest thing is these places have zero fetch in them you are surrounded on all sides by cliffs and trees and wind shadows but you will be able to ride anyway. Would be a crazy experience being able to kite in a place that normally you could never go because of the huge cliffs blocking the wind. Just be careful with those tidal currents. You are not gonna be swimming back to shore if you mess up. You could do it in a few rivers too maybe "The Drop" right before Niagara falls? That is supposed to flow at 30 knots. Just remember if you go over the falls not to let your kite hit the cliff and stick the landing in case you end up on some stupid meme video.
I should check the flow rate near Tahquamenon falls in my home state see if it gets fast enough in the spring to ride that river. It's got a 14m drop but the river is too narrow for long lines I would have to be on 10 meter lines. Maybe the colorado river?
It would be hilarious to have some white water rafter come down the colorado and there you are kiteboarding you bust a megaloop over them and they keep drifting down river wondering wtf they just saw.
Relaunch would be a bitch you would have to do a self rescue swim back to shore, find a spot that was big enough for you to walk up current lay out your lines again and make sure your kite was in a good position on land and jump back in the river.
I'm down with this idea! Only thing left to do now is find the best spot.