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Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Pin Head » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:17 pm

Ok decided to go - which do you rate for beginner. I can waterstart (just).

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:58 pm

both locations are good for kiting. Less people (swimmers) in the water in Pranburi. But also more quiet at night.

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:13 pm

Another vote from me for Pranburi too ... worth the money to pay for lessons so you can get some rental gear and someone to pick you up after a 2 hour downwinder :)
I went to Kiteboarding Asia at Pranburi - great guys! North Club at Hua Hin - also great guys and nice new gear :) but swimmers and other water-users gave my novice self the heebie-jeebies ...

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby ChickenTikka » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:12 pm

I learned in Hua Hin, its not the easiest kite spot for beginners. The shore break can be tough the water gets deep quick and there is very little beach. The wind has not been very good there all winter.

That said if you can already get up on the board then you will be all right there, but you might be better off in a place with better wind and flatter water.

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Toby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:04 am

at low tide the beach is big enough.
North Club is now further downwind, very few swimmers!
shorebreak is not that tuff...1m max...

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:27 am

Ha! Forgot about this ... have a look for yourself at the conditions :) apologies for crap film quality, was filmed on a Cybershot ... now have a decent HD video camera to keep Mrs Kuza amused ...


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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Toby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:26 pm

just arrived in Pranburi...lots of space, no swimmers, but very tiny beach on high tide, if any.
but wind is on...thermal, no forecasts show it...

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:30 pm

Lucky man, I'd love to be back there! Yeah, sketchy beach at either end :lol:

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby ChickenTikka » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:57 am

I just got back from Hua Hin after hearing the wind was good from Toby. The situation is much different now than in the fall.

The wind direction has changed which means that the wind comes from the south and blows side shore rather nicely. It is very stable, and a bit light for me, but would be perfect for a beginner. The shore break is very manageable.

Another thing that is good is the number of kite schools with lots of helpful beach boys waiting around to asset you with launches and landing. This is great for beginners. Thai people are really helpful.

If you are learning it's perfect conditions right now. If you can already get on the board and get upwind then I would go somewhere windier like Mui Ne. I was on my 12 and underpowered till about 3 pm most days. I'm 85 kgs, if you are light than the wind is fine. I would have liked more wind, but that's me.

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Re: Hua Hin or Pranburi for a beginner?

Postby Toby » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:11 pm

winds are between 10-20 knots. some days more around 13, some around 20. All possible. Today was lighter again, got a bit stronger in the late afternoon. Yesterday 20+.
If you like stronger winds, 20+, then this is not your place.


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