RickI wrote:Another consideration in this might be that Big Kites and Big Waves don't necessarily mix all that well. That is not to say that a smaller kite won't load up substantially in a wave. It is more to do with the lack of ease of relaunching a large kite in marginal winds with powerful waves piling through and higher likelihood of damage to the kite if a wave gets a hold of it. I was reminded of the big kite/big wave thing yesterday.
Your posts about staying away from the lines and just sending your kite off if you are in or near to being in a breaker zone have merit. I have felt that there outta be a law, if they are waves there should be wind! Then again, I don't surf.
Also, it is always a good idea to carry hook knives and wear gloves. You may not be able to cut yourself free if you fall into it, but it is nice to have the option. The gloves help manage excess hand wear in long 6 to 7 hour sessions and aid in line control during solo landings if you are forced to do so.
I don't know about the 'use a smaller kite in big waves'. While the relaunchability is a plus, there is no guarantee that it won't plop right in front of wavezilla. That might give a false sense of security.
The hook knife is a great idea - Most harnesses come with them. However, I have heard some disturbing reviews that some models may not be particularly effective. It isn't really easy to try them out if you don't have spare spectra laying around either.
I wish a kite mag would do a head-to-head test of that sort of thing. It would be a lot more useful than 'What Bri Wears to Beach Parties' or 'Look what Skyy does with a Rental Car'.
GOTTMORE has a great point that I use, but haven't thought of - Make sure you tune your kite for stability on those light wind days. Test fly that thing on the beach and make sure it is dialed in. ANYTHING you can do to keep that thing out of the water is helpful.
RickI wrote:No worries Sid, I know you were just kidding about helmets. After all ...
Motorcycle helmets haven't been strictly required by law for motorcyclists for almost four years in Florida after thousands of bikers fought for years for the privaledge of potentially injurying themselves more severely in impacts.
Helmet use by motorcyclists is therefore largely voluntary with lots of folks not wearing anything at all.
By showing a helmet in your avitar for over 180 posts, you have made a strong, indelible stand in favor of voluntary helmet use regardless of trends to the contrary.
That is an excellent example to provide for kiteboarders. That's the spirit and THANKS!
I do what I can, as I realize that someone as sexy as I will always be sought after as a role model.
If they ever develop that Predator-style helmet with a shoulder-mounted laser cannon - Rest assured, I will wear my helmet ALL the time. In the water, on the bike, at the grocery store, in bed, on a plane, in the rain, etc.