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What to do when?

Postby KitesurferZ11 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:41 pm

What do kiters when there is no wind?!

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Re: What to do when?

Postby KitesurferZ11 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:46 pm

I went kiting today but the wind dissapeared and i was not able to surf up wind. I swam to my kite and headed to shore. But is this the easiest way to do this? Are there other techniques?

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Re: What to do when?

Postby jbdc » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:15 am

Should have done a deep water self-rescue after pulling the safety to disable the kite and prevent an accident if the wind picked back up:



Here's a great video of a self-rescue in real time. Using the kite as a sail to pull you back to shore would have saved you a lot of energy:


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Re: What to do when?

Postby KitesurferZ11 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:33 am

I have tried to do that technique but i had of shore wind an my kite was to hard to bend. Thanks for the aswer! :)

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Re: What to do when?

Postby sarc » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:37 pm

A lesson from a professional school may be a good investment! Seriously.

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Re: What to do when?

Postby Toby » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:19 pm

are you sure he is talking about what to do when the wind is dieing?

Or rather what alternatives there are if no wind blows?

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Re: What to do when?

Postby dandaka » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:32 pm

Surfing, wakeboarding, beer, chicks, all that :lol:

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Re: What to do when?

Postby KitesurferZ11 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:32 pm

When the wind is dieing.

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Re: What to do when?

Postby icebird » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:00 pm

Selfrescue with sail - never had the need to, but a good tool to have.

Keep in mind that when the wind drops it may be followed by a change in wind direction.

On the water this can mean offshore, and that can mean letting the go of the kite (happened to some at local spot), or at least total pack down and no sail.

On the beach, this can mean all the kites can blow off the beach.

At a lowwind day in egypt where we were 50 kiters, most had left their kites on the beach to go diving or something - a few of us were left behind chilling with all-inclusive. Suddenly one mentions that the wind has dropped completely and it might be changing direction - and that we should think about the kites - good thinking - suddenly we were frantically running around flipping 50 kites as the wind picked up in that very unusual direction. Wasn't even a local who had this insight.

Some have recently taken to race boards dramatically increasing the chance of a swim - a few kiters had to pack down and swim across the fjord and hitch a ride back with the local ferry.


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