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shallow water - how deep?

Postby spind » Sun May 27, 2007 4:15 am

Just wondering whats the shallowest water you've had a session on. Or what do reckon you need - 30cm - possible? 75cm - safe?

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Postby noel » Sun May 27, 2007 4:21 am

Safe as you say would be water 6 ft. or deeper. I've kited in ankle deep water (actually do it all the time) and it's alot of fun but don't try anything to crazy.

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Postby sailor » Sun May 27, 2007 7:41 am

my fins are 50mm so I need 52mm of water, you should always err on the side of caution!

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Postby Wibbler » Sun May 27, 2007 8:05 am

sailor wrote:my fins are 50mm so I need 52mm of water, you should always err on the side of caution!
lol... thats a 4% margin of safety. good on ya.

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Postby Kurt » Sun May 27, 2007 10:33 am

our local spot is about 30cm deep when the tide and water are perfect.

unfortunately when you stuff up a trick it hurts and could be very dangerous, so, I have stopped doing/trying stuff in the shallows. Already had a few hard hits, sprined shoulder bruised ribs etc.
A guy I know knocked himself out recently from a huge jump in the shallows, luckily guys were around to help him....he was laying face down in the water unconcious.

be careful
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Postby sailor » Sun May 27, 2007 11:07 am

mmmm when you put it like that 4% sounds like overkill, i'm gonna change my mind and say 51mm.

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Postby Guam Bomb » Sun May 27, 2007 11:56 am

ankle deep water with sharp coral no problem we do it here all the time especialy when winds are good and tides drop no choice..

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Postby tilmann » Sun May 27, 2007 12:07 pm

4-5 cm for speed

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Postby solo flight » Sun May 27, 2007 12:26 pm

The Tilman does 52knts in 5cm......,hold on to your panties girls.
TRICK IS NOT TO STICK OUT ANY EXTREMITIES WHEN YOU CRASH.

That is no arms, legs or boners,in fact you can even ride the beach, wears your board out though.

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Postby OzBungy » Sun May 27, 2007 12:38 pm

Depends on what you are doing.

2 inches for planing over a sand bar.

6-12 inches to carve a hard turn on the inside.

2 feet to do a basic jump.

6 feet to go big.


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