BigZ wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:42 am
Does your location have real waves? - do you see surfers before the wind picks up
Do you want to surf waves with the kite?
No. I want to kitesurf. I put together a kite and a surfboard to make something better than the sum of it's parts. I do not limit my self to "simulating surfing". With a kite, you can take a surfboard that is smaller than anything you could possibly prone surf, and put it into ANY wave for a powered or depowered ride on that wave. That is the range that kitesurfing encompasses.
"Real" or "proper" waves????
Walk up to a skimboarder that just ripped up a wave at a steep beach and tell him it was not a "real" or "proper" wave. Those guys are most physical of all surfing disciplines. If tell him about what you think is a "real" or "proper" wave, he will probably see if he can touch his board to the back of your neck through your teeth.
Walk up to a tow-in guy, that could have never caught the wave without a power assist, and tell him that he did not just ride a "real" or "proper" wave. He would probably just kick you squaw in the nuts. You would not be worth a punch to the face to him.
Walk up to a SUP guy that was the only one to even catch a wave that day at the beach break and let him know he did not catch a "real" or "proper" wave. Then watch how he looks at you. It will be the look of "is this guy mentally deficient".
Walk up to me at an inland lake with tiny 2' shorebreak and tell me I just did not ride a "real" or "proper" wave. I will simply ask you, "What the hell are you doing here?" Then I will tell you to go to the coast and find some "real" surfers to beat some sense into you. You are not even worth a kick in the nuts, though I do wish someone would find at least that value in you.
If you are such a hardcore surfer to say something as stupid as "real wave" or "proper wave" in reference to kiting, then try the above. Or better yet, stick to prone surfing. That way you can say that those guys with those dumb kites aren't real surfers since they never have to spend any time:
paddling out by hand,
swimming in the break,
paddling to catch a wave,
going from laying on the board to standing up,
then riding without any balancing aid like a kite up in the air,
and at the end of it all, having to paddle out once again just to catch 4-5 waves in a day
Kitesurfers won't miss you.